I visited Southern Serenity in early May this year. I’ve been there in late April and late May, but never early May. I was so very excited to see the Rhododendron bushes in full bloom. I’ve always seen the green bushes but never with the flowers. They were just gorgeous!
At Sugarlands Visitor Center I asked a ranger about them, I thought they were something completely different. Ranger Rhonda told me mine were cultivated Rhododendrons because they were already blooming, the wild ones in the park weren’t yet in bloom. I know I’ve seen the bushes in the park along the trails I’ve hiked, I just never knew what they were.
The other discovery I made were Tulip Tree flowers. I did not know these even existed! They were a beautiful orange and yellow flower and were very high in the trees. This made them difficult to spot.
But the fallen petals were all over the ground so I dried some for my journal along with a very small tulip leaf. I dub this time The Trip of the Flowers!