Sunday, February 20, 2011

After the rain

One of our native currants, Ribes sanguineum glutinosum just may be my favorite native plant in the yard. Although deciduous, its foliage looks great about 11 months of the year, and the bright green contrasts most aesthetically with the deep red of the newer canes. The pink flowers, now about at their peak, are the icing on the cake. This plant is remarkably easy to grow. It likes a little shade and needs very little water. It is easy to propagate, even for a brown-thumb like me: cut off a branch in late fall and stick it in a pot of dirt. By now the leaves are budding out and you can plant it. The only down side to this fantastic plant for some people could be its smell, which is somewhat sweet and musky. I found it a little off-putting at first, but have grown to like it a lot.
The silver bush lupine (Lupinus albifrons), like many of its lupine cousins, has furry leaves that catch and hold the raindrops. The magnificent flowers are yet to come, but the foliage is splendid.

The rain stripped most of the petals off the plum tree, leaving behind just the eyelashes.

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