We had a spectacular display this year from our apples, cherry and crab apples.
From further back
These were taken last weekend. We had a huge thunderstorm on Tuesday so all the flowers are gone now, though the thorn tree and the mountain ash have taken over. There was a tornado touched down about 50 miles north so you can imagine it was very windy even here. And from hot tornado weather we had a sudden drop to near frost two days later and the cold is still with us.
We have pussy toes in our lawn. They’re not much to look at:
But if you look closely, the individual flowers are quite intricate:
The hellebores are blooming in the garden:
and the wild ladyslippers are just on the verge of opening:
We usually have lots of columbines, but I could only find one today – perhaps this was an early one.
In the high-resolution original, the fine hairs that you can just make out in this are showing a nice rainbow effect.
The baneberries also came out this week:
Slightly off the wildflower topic, this downy woodpecker is turning orange: