Come with me as we have a gentle stroll though the flower gardens and trees.The Cherry blossoms have all gone,and golden/bronze leaves are glorious.
The ornamental grass has tall feathery flowers, and sparkles like ice crystals in the sunshine.
One deep purple snap dragon, all by itself, self seeded in the front garden.
One of the many pink Alstromeria plants, a bee is in the centre flower. Buds still show a promise of more to come.
Last year a dear friend brought me a huge display of Luculia flowers, this is their photo, and I fell in love with their beauty.So much so, we bought a small shrub. It is frost tender, so all last winter it has been protected, with a huge bucket. The odd leaf was burnt, but now it is thriving, and has stems covered at the end with so many buds.
Here is the small shrub, that can grow to a tall tree in years to come, hidden from any early frosts, the purple Tibouchina on guard on the left, a tall handsome tree now, and the graceful red sage taking its rightful job as a shelter on the right.
Closer up, those buds are beautiful already.
The Tibouchina shrub was a birthday gift some years ago.We planted it out in the open, it struggled with any cold morning, so it was moved, nurtured, covered each night in the winter, and now well over 8 feet tall. This is one lingering flower straight out of the Canon Camera.Sunlight and shadow in the afternoon.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ The flower bud unfolds, showing so
gradually the hidden beauty within”
Greetings from Jean