Friday, May 31, 2013

More May Flowers

My goal was to take photographs of every single flower type in my yard this spring and summer. As the months progress,  I'm realizing just how many there are! 

The columbines are everywhere. Years ago I bought one purple columbine and every year I've saved and planted the seeds. The light pink columbines all came from plants I rescued almost 20 years ago.

I was please by the color combinations that the spirea and the columbine created.

The raspberries are developing fast. They started blooming the middle of May.
Now the bumblebee are all over them, busy helping us polinate. The bright red-orange on these bees is so bright.

A bee hotel we set up last month already has residents. Probably mason bees.

The bumblebees are also busy working on the comfrey.

This bee was so yellow. I don't think I've seen this type around before, but they were all over the chives.

Can you believe that orange?

The wild roses are now smelling so beautiful and also covered in bees.

Much of the end of May was rainy, but that gave me plenty of opportunity for pictures of raindrops.

The monkey puzzle tree is so spikey and the raindrops are so round.

Raindrops are heavy! The poppies can't hold their heads up.

Huckleberry leaves with their pretty colored new leaves hold the raindrops delicately.

This poppy is waiting till morning to bloom.

The sun came out briefly to light up the buttercups. Even on a dull day they are shiny and bright.

Lupins are always a favorite.

Foxglove's color is beautiful and they spread so willingly from seed.

Last year I had white foxgloves and fuschia ones. Now this year I have these delicately shaded pink ones. 

The blossoms seem to be turning pinker the older the blossoms get.

More delicate pink, this time from a perennial geranium. I like the shape of the buds.

 This is a new shrub I bought as a tiny reject plant at a sale a couple years ago. Now it's bloomed for the first time and it's just a pretty as I had hoped.

Thyme in a delicate shade of lavender.

Some flowers are so tiny you almost miss them.

Sometimes the color comes from the leaves. 

I'm so pleased with how this white maple lights up in the evening sun. 

Small cherries dot the wild cherry. The birds will be getting most of these.

The bright red tendrils of the silver lace vine.

 The brilliant poppy my Mom dug up from her yard in Calgary and brought me.

The california poppy also demands to be noticed with it's bright orange.

The honeysuckle is blooming. The first leaves are so interesting in their shape.

 I like the symmetry of this blossom.

Pacific Nine Bark is a native shrub. The tiny flowers still manage to put on quite show.

The clematis we rescued is blooming in beautiful colors.

The skies are supposed to be clearing now for June. The sun is going to come out and everything growing will explode. 

I'm looking forward to blue skies and sunshine. 

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