My post last week fell prey to internet connection issues and now another weekend is almost over. The Mountain Laurel has peaked along airport road but there is still plenty of it to be seen through out the highlands. Also this is a good time to remember that between southeastern Bath County and northwestern Highland county even this time of the year there can be two weeks difference between the plants that are blooming. For instance, the pink Lady's Slippers are in peak bloom in areas along the Highland/WV border while they are long past in most of Bath County.
For orchid hunters, the twayblades are in bloom in Bath County. I've seen some nice patches of Lily leaved twayblade on the east side of Warm Springs Mountain. There should be other varieties of twayblades in bloom in Bath and Highland, but the Lily Leaved is the only one I have found so far. Let me know if you spot any of the others.
As June progresses it will be time to look for Grass Pink orchid in wet and boggy areas. Be sure to plan a trip over to the Cranberry Glades around the end of June or first of July for an amazing orchid show. More on that later.
And we need to continue to pray for rain.