Friday, June 23, 2017

Some Summertime Blues You Don't Need a Cure For Anyway


Above, a Mahonia's strange fruit, which reminds me more of an old-fashioned almond candy you might see as a little wedding favor, than a grape. And below, the small blue flowers of the lace-cap hydrangea.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer's Snowangel & TreeGhost


What?! You say you have never seen a summer snowangel or treeghost? Could it be you aren't looking close enough or in the wrong places?


Psst. I spotted mine under a Stewartia tree.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Day of Summer Bloom


Just so happens to be a north american native pollinators are said to love, unless one common name "beeblossom" is a misnomer. Most catalogs don't say I love it too, but I do.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This Morning's Lucky Encounters


As luck would have it, I managed to catch the very first bloom of the season on this lovely Stewartia tree and I wasn't alone in this find either. Before I snapped this picture a bumble bee had already found its way to this sole flower.


Lucky for me too, the weather was just perfect for viewing some other fine blooms sparkling as they caught the sun's rays, blowing in the wind.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some North American Natives in Bloom Now



Arkansas Blue Star, admittedly looking not quite so blue in the last light of the day


The Oakleaf Hydrangea from southeastern states above and Virginia Sweetspire below.


Sure I didn't just come upon these plants somewhere growing in the wild but that's not a negative. To the contrary, it's one of the most fantastic things about gardening, horticulture and industries related to growing plants. People make it happen and have throughout time.