What's Green in January

-Carolina Rhododendron,ready to bloom in May-
-Rhododendron Max, ready to bloom- 
There is a big bud set this year. The flower show should be near peak the end July at 3,500 feet.
Flowering will coincide with the full moon. This is a great time to be outside after dark to see the moonlight
on the rhododendron blooms.

-Trailing Arbutus ready to bloom in March-
The first wildflower in our area to bloom, it open under the leaves,
is very fragrant, and a harbinger of spring.

Moss loves the cool damp weather. The Moss and lichens are at their best on damp mild winter days.
Doghobble is green in the shade and burgundy in sunny areas this time of year.
We had hooped to collect seed, but its too late this year.
Marcia noticed that the water had a green tint.
We think it was a combination of reflection off evergreen foliage and algae blooming.

  Moss paths are hard to beat. 
Woodland sedges  transplants easily here, but can't take fertilizer or lime.
I like its wild look.

-mountain laurel ready with flower buds-
Flowers will open the end of May which also has a full moon.
This is the best time of the year to fly fish.
Sulfur colored  May flies will  rise at dusk.

                                                 Winter green and turkey brush are interesting ground covers.
Look at all the chick weed and clover.
A turkey will eat the clover before spring

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JOHN McCarley

PO Box 524
Cashiers, North Carolina 28717
United States


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