April showers bring white flowers
Magnolia buds are preparing to burst into bloom across the street from my house. I love the lemony scent and the waxy feel of the blooms, probably more than I like the look of the flowers themselves. That’s saying a lot, since I do love the big, white blooms of a magnolia.
A little way down the street, more white buds are preparing to bloom on a hedge in front of another neighbor’s yard. These delicate little blossoms are so perfect against the dark green foliage. I can hardly wait until the whole shrubbery bursts into bloom.
Several times I have posted photos of these flowers, without naming them. Well, I found out what it is, and for not knowing earlier, I have proven what a very poor southerner I make. This is jasmine, which I only figured out by walking past some in Lowes the other day. As soon as I saw that, I realized that I should have recognized them by their scent right away. Apparently, bumblebees like the scent as well.
Not all the flowers are white. This one I know and love for its bright colors. This is Lantana, and I would have a yard full of it if I could find the kind I really love, with pink and yellow and blue blossoms. It grows wild, but I cannot find it in a garden center or nursery like that. My favorite part of the image is that little striped caterpillar.