The persistently cool weather we’ve had has led to an unusual, but beautiful situation. It seems almost every possible flowering shrub is in bloom at the same time. The azaleas and rhododendrons are finished, but in my yard the lilacs (left) still look lovely and will not fade for at least another week. At the same time, the red twig dogwood branches are so heavily covered with blossoms, they are bending forward under the weight. The new chokeberries I planted are covered with white flowers, too.
After the rains of this past week (1.5 or more inches, according to some reports), the American highbush cranberry bushes (above, right) are showing their upturned flowers and the Pagoda dogwood (below, left) on south side of my house is in full flower. (The north side pagoda is trailing behind.) Even the weigelas are threatening to bloom.