Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
--Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) American author.
This spring must of been even colder and wetter than I thought. Last year by this time, the rhododendrons atop Roan Mountain were at their peak, a carpet of brilliant blooms. And while that may have been an "early year," usually by the 20th of June, you could count of them being at full bloom. So in case you're planning a trip up to the Roan, just know this year the rhododendron's are well behind their usual schedule. Depending on our weather in the coming days, I'd say they might be as much as two weeks away from peak. However, further down the mountain at Carver's Gap, you'll find the rhododendrons and flame azalea a bit further along... but still a week away from peak Oo's and Ah's. For comparison, I've included a photo from last year. [click to enlarge]