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

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
This entry was posted in My garden and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s