Here in Western Massachusetts at the end of the first week of May, the greenery is ahead of its usual pace due to some early, very warm weather in April. Normally, I mow my lawn for the first time during the first week of May; I’ll be doing it for the third time this year sometime this weekend if the thunderstorms we’ve been having end soon. The trees in my backyard that usually leaf out and block the view of the neighbors this week, have been fully green for a few weeks already. And here at the end of the first week of May, some of my favorite flowers are almost gone already. Luckily I took their picture earlier in the week:
If any flower ever needed “smell-o-net” it’s definitely lilacs.
Pink Azalea (did I spell that right? I always feel like I spell that wrong.)
I liked the way this shot came out. I thought the tiny droplets on this delicate lily of the valley gave it a nice touch – similar to Tracy’s “sprinkles” a few days ago.
I find the shape of bleeding hearts charming.
Continuing the white theme, this next shot is not so much a “traditional” bloom. I actually got the idea to take this picture from Michaela. Hers were blackberry blooms, and this raspberry bud is far less spectacular looking, but I still wanted to show this picture. I liked the star shape.
There are hundreds of these in my lawn, near the back of my yard where its a bit shadier. They are only as tall as blades of grass and I run them over with the lawnmower. They don’t bother me, so I don’t try to get rid of them.
In the last edition of What’s Blooming, I promised to share a shot of the full-sized red bleeding heart plant. I can’t remember now if this is as big as it gets for the year, but this is what I’ve got so far:
The promise of another of my favorite flowers appears in this shot as well. Toward the back you see irises. I have some bearded irises that I really love which are usually in bloom later in May. Happily, there are many buds visible out there, so be sure to come back for the next edition of What’s Blooming!