A couple days ago I took advantage of good weather and snapped
gobs of a few photos of currently blooming flowers in my back yard. Here are a few.
Peony - I have three, one each of pink (like this), red and white. This particular plant has never bloomed in three years, until now. What a fun surprise!
Saying "hello" to the sun.
Can anyone guess what the purple herb is? Cat people? Okay, it's catnip (or Nepeta). I suppose I could harvest it for my cats, but it's actually in my yard for the butterflies. Certain species' caterpillars find it to be delicious. (Back to the catnip, though. Did you know that not all cats have the "catnip" gene? Click here and scroll about halfway down the article for more fascinating information about how catnip affects cats.)
This is a close-up of my white Peony. See the ants? Peonies produce a nectar on their buds that is terribly attractive to ants. The ants are harmless to the plant and will leave the flower as it matures.
This is a Rhododendron. These flowering shrubs love part-sun to shade and thrive in the mountains of the eastern U.S.
This is my red Peony. Its flowers have a strong damask rose fragrance (unlike the lighter sweet fragrance of the pink and white varieties in my yard). It is heavenly.
I like the contrasting blue background here.
Just beyond the Peony is purple Salvia (nemorosa) in bloom. Just beyond the Salvia are two Butterfly Bushes, no where near ready to bloom.
By the way, in case you haven't noticed, I have a big thing for watching butterflies and bees in my yard. :)
In about a week or so, this bud will open up to be a bright yellow Daylily. :)
This is a wall/thicket of roses (Knock Out variety). My patio is framed with these stunning bushes.
There are still many buds waiting to open up.
And now, the reason for the title of this post: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow...
Flat roses. The night after I took the previous rose photos, the water weight from a soaking rainfall caused all the shrubs to bow down and kiss the earth. :( I've spent a good part of the morning trying to free each of the entangled, thorny branches in hopes that the drying sun will lure them all back into the upright position. [sigh]
And this is Jon Farleigh. :) His fluffy Corgi coat
This is JF's buddy Dewi wondering where the heck his bro has gone... (Actually, he's watching the neighbor's cat and probably not thinking about JF at all.) :)
...But, I am. ;)
See you tomorrow, as long as we're here and not gone. :)