During breaks in the weather I managed to snap a few photos. At least overcast skies are good for photos. We have lots of flowers suddenly bursting into bloom this week.
|Peony buds are beginning to open|
|Weigela is starting to bloom|
This highbush cranberry bush is really putting on a show this year. We purchased two of these shrubs in the spring of 2010 and it's been funny watching them grow. One shrub is tiny, only a couple feet tall. It appears healthy but it's growth has been very subdued and it only has a few blooms. The shrub pictured below, growing only a few feet away from the first one, got hit with the lawnmower not long after planting and its reaction was to put out more stems and grow like crazy. It's now about 5 feet tall and covered in blooms.
Nature's a strange beast sometimes. Also odd is how the pink lupines are far outnumbering the blue ones this year. I usually have a mix in the front bed but pink is the dominant colour this year.
The spicy sweet scent of the roses is filling the air right now. I've never been a big fan of roses but these old fashioned beauties have wormed their way into my heart.
Last year I picked up Penstemon Prairie Dusk. I've grown penstemons before but this cultivar was new to me. I was expecting a soft purple flower on a two foot tall plant. Instead I got this.
Less than a foot tall and hot pink. Not what I was looking for at all. Now I'm not sure what to do with this plant. It's pretty but it doesn't quite fit the scheme I had in mind.
Pink seems to be the colour of the day here. Blooms on my Rhododendron catawbiense "Album" are starting to open. These flowers are white with a yellow throat. But the buds look pink?
Perhaps it's something in the water....