May 29th, 2011


the weather

So we went from cold and damp to warm and damp (mid 70s F). A number of things choose to bloom today anyway. Starting at the back fence line I have Viburnum trilobum American Cranberrybush Viburnum. A really nice multi-season plant that doesn't mind having its feet in water. The far back of my yard can be a bit soggy even if not encouraged to this by the copious quantities of rain we get. This bad picture because I couldn't get close enough because of mud on the path. Pretty lace caps of flowers and plenty of Photoshop to make it presentable.

I do occasionally allow weeds to grow so I have some Dame's Rocket Hesperis matronalis flowering at the moment as well as this Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus out front.

Early iris blooming. This dark purple one came from the front yard of a friend's mom. Nothing (including iris borer) seems to faze it. The Baptista is just starting to open.

The front door guardian Rosa Rugosa 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' has its first rose open.

Saw a mallard swimming around a small pond/fountain in front of an apartment complex. King of the very small pond. Just a female on the next time by. Two raptor sightings, one smaller than the other. The second one was probably the Trowbridge Red Tail.