One last tulip photo to share with you. These are in a small bed on the side of our property- formerly my Mother's tulip bed.. she planted these years ago and they bloom well every year. Many tulips seem to lose strength and do not bloom as well after the first few years, but not these beauties. I think they were called Rembrandt tulips?
The Flowering Crab is one of my favourite flowering trees - I love May/June with the forsythia, apple and crab blossoms, and now the lilacs and rhododendrons will be next. Our rhodo is not going to be spectacular this year: there aren't many buds....the crows have once again cleaned off most of the flower buds. A rhododendron sets next spring's flower buds in late summer/fall. We discovered a few years ago, when we had a particularly long cold winter and late spring, that the crows had eaten off most of the buds. So now we cover it with netting every year to deter them, when we wrap it with burlap for the winter for protection from the winter winds, but I guess they have that figured out too, as they seem to have cleaned it once again.. darn crows - they are SO smart. I wish they would find something else to feast on....
Here's another plant I have in bloom right now - Solomon's Seal. It's graceful stems arch with these little creamy-white "bellflowers" edged in green. Later on it will have blue-black berries. Normally considered a shade plant, mine gets a lot of sun and is thriving! I think I'll cut a piece off later on this summer and plant it in one corner of my hosta bed..
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban