Saturday, May 11, 2013

May Flowers

In the beginning of May the tulips and forget me nots were fantastic. 

The forget me nots come in white too.

This mountain bluet and tulip make for an odd but attractive couple.

The color of this tulip changes through the day. In the sun, the color warms up, but when light fades it seems to turn almost black it's so dark purple.

The strawberries are blooming.

The nashi has finished blooming and little tiny nashi are visible now.

 The snowball viburnum is green when it starts and slowly turns whiter and whiter. 

Perennial geranium, the leaves are also attractive in this one.

The roadside flowers I put in are surviving against all odds.

This rhododendron was saved from sure death after being dug up and tossed aside to make room for new plants at Holland Park. When we salvaged about 12 of them, we didn't know what color they were going to be.

Happily most have survived and now after a year of recovery they are blooming. I'm quite pleased with the color they turned out to be.

This rhododendron was salvaged from the garden of a home that was demolished to make room for a newer bigger house. When it was dragged out of the ground unceremoniously by a excavator, it was about 8 feet tall and almost as wide. Even though I had to cut off most of the branches, one tall one survived and more and now sprouting from the bottom. The honeysuckle I planted near it nicely compliments the color of the blooms.

Aquilegia (columbine) is all over our yard now. All of these started from one plant as every year I collect the seeds and start new plants.

The purple columbines are doing great too. This is the first year there's enough of them to be noticeable.

Even the leftover chinese cabbage is blooming and adding it's bit of brightness to the yard.

A new shrub with pretty white flowers I got from the discount table at the local nursery.

Snow in summer and mint. Mmmm, summer and mint tea.

Lupine about ready to bloom.

The grape is blooming. The color of the new leaves is almost unbelievable.

I love chives. Sour cream and chives is so tasty, but I think I like the flowers even more.

 The pine tree is forming brand new pine cones. I was so pleased when I first discovered these on the new little tree we bought, I thought I was only getting evergreen.

One one branch there's an oddity in that usually the pollen bits are on one part of the branch, and the cones are only at the top. This branch decided to mix it up a bit.

The wisteria is blooming. One morning I got up early watched the sun rise, it was beautiful as it first shone on the blossoms and the trees. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Although it's not a flower, in the full sun the bright green color of the new maple leaves was almost unbelievable. This sunny weather has been a great start to May.

Thanks for hanging out with me in my yard.

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