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Laurel is starting to bloom in Northeastern Connecticut.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 76/115 (53/67, 21/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
 
some pockets left still in Central also. (Shenipsit Loop on Birch Mountain just West of Gay City)
 
Last Saturday in Salisbury, Connecticut it was in full bloom down low, but just starting to bloom up on the ridge. By this weekend it'll probably be in full bloom up high.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 76/115 (53/67, 21/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
 
Interesting discussion since I am currently in Tiverton, RI and there is Mountain Laurel blooming in abundance at the Weetamoo Woods Preserve in the uplands along the shores of the Sakonnet River (it's not really a river but the eastern sound of greater Narragansett Bay). The woods encompass an original 1681 "Eight-Rod Way," a cobbled colonial road.
 
We're lucky to have a lot of mountain laurel on the hill behind our house and it's been poppin' for the last week.
 
Laurel is just starting to bloom again in northeastern Connecticut.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 84/115 (59/67, 23/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017; FHT EB 2023

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
 
Townsend State Forest in Massachusetts is full of the stuff. It is quite a sight in full bloom, but it can make for some horrific bushwhacking.

As far as I have seen the northern limit for the plant is just north of the New Hampshire state line.
 
Laurel is starting to bloom in Northeastern Connecticut.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 76/115 (53/67, 21/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
Representing the Great City of Lawrence, MA! In my yard.
 
A (y)to this thread. Sad to say, no laurels near my place (yet, give it few decades ).

I used to do a lot of my AT section hiking in the spring and inevitably be on the trail just a few weeks early for the blooms, same with rhododendrons. Our timing did line up one year near upper goose Pond in Mass.
 
Laurel is just starting to bloom again in northeastern Connecticut.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 84/115 (59/67, 23/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017; FHT EB 2023

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
Indeed. I took a short hike in Bigelow Hollow SUN AM and it is getting close to popping. Maybe another week or so. Awesome time of year in NE CT.
 
Laurel is starting to bloom in Northeast Connecticut. These pictures are from yesterday (the First) along the Nipmuck Trail in Ashford and Union.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 87/115 (62/67, 23/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017; FHT EB 2023

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll

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Mile marker 1305 on the Appalachian Trail in North West New Jersey 2 days ago at 1510 feet Elevation.
 

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Full bloom now. This is from yesterday, the 8th, in Case Mtn. Park in Manchester, Conn.

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Cumulus

NE111 in my 50s: 115/115 (67/67, 46/46, 2/2)
NE111 in my 60s: 87/115 (62/67, 23/46, 2/2)
NEFF: 50/50; Cat35: 39/39; WNH4K: 41/48; NEHH 89/100
LT NB 2009; CT NB 2017; FHT EB 2023

"I don't much care where [I get to] --" said Alice, "-- so long as I get somewhere," ...
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll
 
Were some peak blooms (but not many plants) in Douglas State Forest today. Have to do my annual hike at Bigelow Hollow soon. There are some multi-mile stretches of non-stop plants in that area.
 
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