Today I took a few photos around the yard. I was concerned about the Stewartia tree which is nearing the end of its blooming period. It's a bit odd because the blooms are scattering around the tree with empty spaces with no bloom between. It has an extended period of bloom because of this little trick.
That is a bonus for me. We planted this tree in 2002 or 2003 because it has beautiful, multicolor bark. At the time we planted it, I had no knowledge of its flowers or how lovely they are. Possibly because they aren't crowded together, the blooms seem more special to me. In the photo below, you can see two buds near the opeining bloom. One will open when the bloom you see is gone, and the third will wait until both are finished before its petals unfurl.
And then there is the white hydrangea at the corner of the house. Beautiful large, round flower head, but they don't hold up well if cut. So I've learned to enjoy them where they are and cut a different flower if I want to take it inside.
And thus you see a few of the lovely things I took time to enjoy today - white blooms on our 47th wedding anniversary.
Appropriate, I thought.