A great big sigh and pout from me when I saw my Abeliophyllum distichum. So pretty just a couple of days ago and now almost naked - the flower petals were completely washed off by the rain. Had a look back in my photos in 2008 to see how it was last year. Found many beauty shots of it in its photographic glory - sadly none of it in its scraggly nakedness. Perhaps a good reminder that shots of an end of a period of bloom are valuable as well. I can get very caught up cataloguing the pretties and completely forget about shooting what's finished. There's so much to learn about how to design during these transition periods - maybe things wouldn't look so sad if I'd put in some early daffs or perhaps a Hellebore or three? Certainly looks like there's room.
Morning walk photos follow - it's the week of yellow and pink, as everyone who has a good blast of forsythia also seems to have their own, or a borrowed view of a lovely saucer magnolia. Forsythia gone wild which I much prefer - seems tragic when I see them torchured into shreiking yellow cubes.
Back into my garden the other evening - a very sweet little Muscari.
The doorstep Hepatica before I got to the leaves yesterday.
This is my sale-table-early-no-tag-rhodo that I got from Weall & Cullen when they had a store in Oakville. They are about the only two plants that Kevin planted in the entire garden. What a great bubblegummy blast.
New tulip for me - either Pinnochio or Pirand - I'll know for certain in a day or two - bears no resemblance to either catalogue photo. Very large flower to stem ratio.