Sunday, May 24, 2015

First Peony Bloom!: 31 Days of Flowers

First peony bloom in my garden!

This nameless beauty was a gift from a gardening friend.

When I hit the lottery, I am going to grow every single glorious peony I can find. Right after I get a horse.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

31 Days of Flowers: Dragons in the Garden

Ok, so it's columbine - but the opening bud kind of looks like a dragon, right?

Not sure how this plant came to live in my front flower bed. I had some planted in the backyard below the top deck in deep shade but they disappeared and this one showed up in front.

Definitely not this pleasant creamy yellow, either. Oh well, a gardening mystery with a happy ending.

Friday, May 22, 2015

31 Days of Flowers: Two-fer

Went mental yesterday and forgot to post, so two today. Both are from Kent's Standing Rock Cemetery. First, a downed lilac branch - kind of an unusual color. Don't know if it was broken off by the grounds crew or the wind, but it was still fresh, and wasn't blowing in the wind.

And a pretty apple tree with a cute bird house.

Standing Rock allows a little more latitude for personal displays, so some of the grave sites have been decorated by the families. Some are a little quirky, but all of them are poignant.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

31 Days of Flowers: Rhododendron

From Kent's beautiful old Standing Rock Cemetery:

Plus, the eponymous Standing Rock, right in the middle of the Cuyahoga River. actually more of a creek this far upstream.

Monday, May 18, 2015

31 Days of Flowers: 'Miss Kim' Lilac

'Miss Kim' is going all out this year. She is completely covered in pinky-lavender blooms and smells heavenly.

All the Kent compost must agree with her.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Apple Blossoms for 31 Days of Flowers

Went to Seiberling NatuRealm on Monday - awash in apple blossoms! Every little breeze produced a shower of white. Just a really pretty sight.

Clouds of blossom on each branch:

The winding path through the ornamental trees.

More to come - lots in bloom this week.

31 Days of Flowers: Robinson Crab

The wild winds of the last few days blasted the petals around in hot pink blizzard. Sad to see them go. Even sadder that I will be digging their blasted sprouts out pretty much forever. Not an ornamental tree I would recommend, even thought the bronzy leaves and rosy-pink flowers are delightful. Suckers madly and every one of the tiny crab apples hatches another tree.

(yep, had these queued up to post while I was out of town, and totally forgot, dang it!)