...Magnolia that is! This is a wonderful shrub..or tree in this case. One of the very few plants in this yard when we moved here 12 years ago and has tripled in height. She has a sweet, but subtle fragrance. If I'm lucky, the blooms lasts 2-3 weeks. Foliage is lush and green and turns a golden yellow in the fall. Cool fuzzy, pussy-willow-like buds open to a 4" creamy white flower. The only drawback I could think of is (because she blooms so early) she's very susceptible to frost (quick, knock on wood!). Oh, and a tad messy when petals drop but I definitely think worth having. The same buds a few days later...
This photo,taken minutes ago, through the window at my back. As you can see, she towers over the 9 ft. clematis arbor.
I hesitantly divided my hellebores last fall and this clump was planted too deep. Chock-full of blooms but it's much shorter than it should be...but I'm SO happy it bounced back ok. I ordered these (hellebore mix) from a catalog a few years back and don't know what the cultivars are. Any ideas?
And wait, do my eyes deceive me..is that a dandelion?? In bloom...now?? Notice though it doesn't have the telltale weedy foliage...actually, there's no leaves at all! I'm afraid to let it go to seed and can hear HH chanting "pull it, pull it now!"
I guess it'll be history soon..but it's kinda pretty up close...wait, do dandelions have those clusters of thingies in the center..? Hmm...I'm definitely stumped!
Okay, so you knew it was a Pieris japonica, Lily of the Valley shrub, andromeda, fetter bush! That was WAY too easy! A wonderful evergreen shrub with leathery foliage and new growth is tinged in red. Also, they make excellent fillers in flower arrangements. I would love to get the pink-flower variety. It's too cold to venture out today so guess I'll do some blog gardening to take the edge off...
have a wonderful weekend everybody!