For several days, my mother has been happy about the "Mountain Laurel" blooming in her back yard.
No doubt, this bush is beautiful and I understand her delight in a native plant she dug off a North Carolina mountain side (native) and kept it growing for so many years in her yard.
Amazingly, this native bush, kalmia latifolia is kin to a native blueberry bush and a native rhododendron bush you can buy at any local garden center like Lowe's or Home Depot.
Native "Mountain Laurels" bloom May to June and love the acidic soil and part shade planted close to larger hardwoods at the edge of a yard.
I salute her for the love she has for this "Mountain Laurel," but more, for being such a fantastic "Mother" since I was born! "Happy Mother Day Mom!"
Everyone Salute Your Mom to tomorrow, "Mother's Day", Sunday, May 11th
Happy Gardening 2014!
Posted by Wilma Smith