Here’s an example of missing the boat. When I went to work in the morning, this flowering cherry was full of flowers–but in the sun so I couldn’t get a good photo. As you can see by the petals all over the ground, it was a really windy day. The cherry is no longer full of flowers thanks to a very strong breeze. But at least there was a breeze on the day I took this photo. It was 82 at my house–really crazy weather for early May!
Here’s a branch that was sheltered from the wind so you can see how full of flowers this tree normally is.
As promised, here is my yellow magnolia as well. With the very warm weather, things are going from bud to bloom to finished in about 36 hours. But spring can be like that sometimes.
This is a close-up of the magnolia flowers. As you can see by the tree photo, they’re actually a little more “yellow” in color than this photo indicates. It was so windy it was hard to photo anything, however.
And here is one of my favorite shrubs, the Japanese kerria, showing the results of my lack of pruning for a few years. This should be a mass of flowers. But, because it blooms on new wood and you can clearly see a bunch of dead brown sticks, there’s too much old wood, so it isn’t blooming nearly as heavily as I would like. I’ll have to address that. I wait for this shrub to bloom every year. It’s one of my favorites.
Here’s a close-up of a few flowers–with more dead wood visible in the background. Clearly I have neglected these shrubs too long!