Here's what's blooming in my garden. I took the photographs on the 15th, but I haven't been able to do the post until now.
It's endlessly entertaining to watch the bumble bees dive headfirst in these Gentian flowers. They disappear completely as the flower petals close up around them and for several moments it's as if they aren't inside at all until the flowers begins to bulge and they come out, sometimes backwards and sometimes head first. Here's a short video I made of the bee's pollinating routine, if you're interested.
|Gentiana clausa, Closed Bottle Gentian|
|Callirhoe involucrata, Wine Cups|
|Magnolia virginiana, Sweet Bay Magnolia|
|Calylophus serrulatus 'Prairie Lode', Prairie Lode Sundrops|
|Symphyotrichum oblongifolius 'October Skies', Aromatic Aster|
|Cornus florida, Native Dogwood|
|Edgeworthia chysantha ' Gold Finch' Paper Bush|
Edgeworthia buds are almost more attractive than the flowers. It may not come across in the photo, but they have an amazing soft sheen, like silvery jewels. Something else I'd put on that phantom Christmas tree.....
|Ligularia dentata 'Desdamona,', Leopard Plant|
|Perrotia persica, Persian Ironwood|
Go to May Dreams to see what's blooming in other blogger's gardens.