Little white flowers everywhere!

When we bought our house, we found a number of Viburnums growing along the fence in the backyard, toward our neighbor on the west side. I’m not sure exactly what kind, but I’m guessing V. oculus. They are still there. Their arching trunks create a nice shady spot underneath, where I set up a table and chairs. Their shade makes being in the backyard on hot summer afternoons reasonably bearable. I have to cut them back each year once the leaves open – it’s like once they unfurl, the weight of the branches increase, and they get increasingly bowed down. Good thing we’re a family of short people! This annually required pruning is a bit of a pain, but even so, I value them tremendously. The birds do too. I imagine they feel protected flitting around in the canopy, shielded from above by the masses of leaves, and from within where cages of crossing branches make they relatively secure.

From outside the backyard gate, they tower above the fence.

From outside the backyard gate, they tower high above the fence.

This is what it looks like when you're basking in its shade on a sunny afternoon. There are a lot of messy, crossing branches that create lots of hiding places for birds and other wildlife.

This is what it looks like when you’re basking in its shade on a sunny afternoon. There are a lot of messy, crossing branches that create lots of hiding places for birds and other wildlife.

Viburnum oculus flower

Here is a close-up of the flower – or, I’m guessing they are probably bracts, since the actual flowers are in the center. But, in their 5-petalled, daisy-like ways, they will always be flowers to me. They are the stylistically  and graphically perfect representation of the symbol of a flower – I think they are adorable!

Occasionally, a wind gust creates a rain of flower confetti that fall on the ground.

An occasional wind gust creates a rain of flower confetti that fall daintily to the ground.

They rest happily where they land.

They rest happily wherever they land.

On hostas...

On hostas…

... on the spike moss...

… on the spike moss…

... on the bamboo...

… on the bamboo…

... on the ferns...

… on the ferns…

... yes - even in my water glass!

… yes – even in my water glass. They are everywhere! I do confess I miss them when they’re gone.

But, I don't have to wait long for the berries. After the autumn winds blow the leaves away, they show up even better - to my and the birds delight.

But, I don’t have to wait too long for the berries to form. And, after the autumn winds blow the leaves away, they show up even better – to my and the birds delight. 🙂

 

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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11 Responses to Little white flowers everywhere!

  1. Flowers that drop their petals gracefully are doubly precious.

  2. rickii says:

    Flower confetti!

  3. Alison says:

    Viburnums are such wonderful shrubs.

  4. Pauline says:

    What a wonderful shrub, a shrub for all seasons! We have a few different viburnums, they are a super family!

  5. Pingback: More little white flowers… | Flutter & Hum

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