We have been having a long run of beautiful weather, so it didn't surprise me when the forecast is for rain and a decent amountof it. Everything is blooming early and the colors seem more intense. The oldest tree here at Menagerie Manor is this pink Dogwood "Indian Chief". I have no idea when it was planted but it was here when we purchased. The Manor is 104 years old, my guess it is between 80 and 90 and I have carefully pruned it so as to rejuvenate it over the years. This years color is so intense that the pink is more like salmon.
The Lily of the Valley makes me think of fresh clean linen, crisp spring air and mountain fresh water.
Viburnum tomentossum didn't bloom last year but it certainly made up for it this year with loads of snowy white blooms.
I love this little sun loving jewel. .......................
When the sun hits it, the color seems to pulsate. I have another of the same plant growing on a wall in rich good soil that has yet to bloom. This specimen has been in the same pot of soil for six years. It looks better every year.
Menagerie Manor has always been a haven for creatures. This year we have been watching carefully as one of our resident hummingbirds built a very sturdy little nest and little is the operative word as it is only a little bigger than a golf ball. Usually they nest deep in dense foliage. But this little feathered genius realizes nothing can get to her nest sitting in the protective armor of our Monkey Puzzle Tree.
It was another busy day here at Menagerie Manor, we feel blessed that we are keeping well and our family are strong and healthy. Roxy says, "Stay home and stay well".