I loved these. They look like those giant flowers kids would make using tissue paper. The petals have that same look. Even the stem looks like what you’d see in the floral department of a craft store.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. Hubby and the kids took me to an arboretum, giving me loads of flowers to photograph. It was crazy hot for a mid May day and we were all really done by the time we made a lap through one of the heavily treed trails, but it was awesome.
The Chokecherry is one of my favorite trees. While it is in its growing season, it is just almost always interesting or unique. When it comes out in the spring, it starts with these medium green leaves and shortly after, usually in mid to late April or early May, it puts on these gorgeous white blossom clusters, much like a Lilac bush. The entire tree is just covered in them. Sadly, I didn’t manage to get a pic when the blooms were at their peak. These have already dropped about half the flowers from the clusters.
After the flowers are done and you are left with what looks like most any other tree, June hits and suddenly those pretty medium green leaves start to change to this beautiful, deep plum color that it hangs on to until the fall where that darkens before the leaves finally drop for the season.
I have two of these in my yard and would probably have at least a couple more if I had the room for them. It makes for a stunning show when they are paired with other trees that remain vibrant green through the summer. It has taken several years, but I have this park like feel to my back yard now that these and my other trees have finally gotten some good height and growth on them. The blooms are done for the season, but I will be watching for the signs of the color change towards the end of the month.
BG and I were in and out the front door the other night watching a storm roll in. After it started raining, we were standing just inside when she noticed an invader.
I have finally finished the last of the suggested edits I have for my book. Those are edits I’ve gotten from my two beta readers. I also managed to get a last complete read through completed once those were done to make sure the changes I made didn’t mess anything up in the process.
All that means is that I’m now at the point where I need to hire an editor and a cover designer. I don’t have either one picked out yet, so that means it is time to do some heavy duty research. I know what I’ll be working on next week!
I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a dandelion close enough to notice the tiny little curled spirals on the ends of the petals. I’ve never realized how pretty they can be.
The first year we were in this house, I planted a bunch of spring bulbs. Tulips, Hyacinths, Crocus and Daffodils. The following year, I had a decent showing, then… nothing. I think something must have gotten to them, because almost nothing came up after that and I never bothered to replant.
These pale pink Hyacinths have this really interesting gel like translucence to them. I think it may be because they’ve been through a couple of freezes and are nearly done for the year, but it leaves them looking almost alien in appearance.
Today is the only day this week and probably next that the weather is actually sunny and nice. I took a few moments to get out and grab actual proof that Spring is here and that I have some color before the predicted snow. Yes, snow. In April. For the second time. My poor Hyacinths probably won’t survive the second round and the freezing temps we are supposed to get. I needed some evidence that I actually had some flowers this Spring. *sigh*
Then, Mother Nature decided to play one hell of an April Fool’s prank. Letting us believe spring was finally here and warmer weather and sunny days on their way. Psych! Nope! Not yet puny mortals!