Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), blooming in my friend Carolyn’s garden in Annandale, Virginia. I’ve heard of this evergreen shrub, and I assumed it would bloom, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen the blooms. They are spectacular! Little umbrella-like buds open to about 1/2″ in diameter with inverted “spokes” that appear to loosen to become the stamens. In this shot you can see all the stages of these pretty little flowers. The buds remind me of those little chocolate stars we used to buy at Sears when they had a candy section (you know, in covered wagon days).
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