Fothergilla is one of my favorite flowering shrubs. In this shot, taken a couple weeks ago, the honey-scneted flowers are just beginning to open:
|Fothergilla gardenii - emerging flowers|
And here it is now in full white fuzzy glory. You can see the leaves are coming on as well.
Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice viburnum)
|Viburnum carlesii fall color|
Tree peonies - NOT!
One interesting thing I noticed: all sorts of things that normally bloom in May are blooming 4-6 weeks early this year - Canadian redbud, crabapples, viburnum, fothergilla, lilac... Normally, these would overlap in bloom with the tree peonies. However, the tree peonies, while they have put on an appropriate amount of growth for the time of year and are covered in buds, show no signs of budging an inch in terms of bloom time.
|Tree peonies to world: "We will not be rushed!"|