What might they hide?
Tricyrtis formosana Purple Beauty (in Dutch: Armeluisorchidee, or “poor man’s orchid”).
April 21, 2021. Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte (NL).
Green-leaved ‘Prunus cerasifera‘.
Delicate green leaves and tiny flowers unfolded from a pointed red bud. This cluster of flowers is about 2 cm long from the point at which it branches out. (Back garden, April 22, 2021).
April 2020. These cherry blossoms were photographed during a lovely walk in Arboretum Poort-Bulten (De Lutte, NL) with my niece. They remind me of the movie ‘Pretty in Pink’.
The full blossoms are light pink, but the flower buds that come first have a much darker tone of pink. Below a picture of the same tree in April 2021, this time with green grass in the background. In this cluster of flower and leave buds, the leaves are just about to show themselves and point towards us.
In winter plane trees are often hung with small balls of seeds. Of course, these seeds were flowers first. You usually don’t get to see these up close, though, unless you are treated to a tree with several lower branches. (May 2020, Arboretum Poort-Bulten).
Do you see it? A tiny brown caterpillar on one of the leaves of this gorgeous cherry tree. Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte, April 2020.
Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae, in Dutch: schermbloemigen) have such intricate flowers. I really like their style.
I don’t know which one the above is … The picture was taken in the Tankenberg area near my hometown.
A Vanessa atalanta butterfly on a yellow Buddleja (xweyeriana ‘Sungold’). Apparently, the English name of this butterfly is ‘the red admiral’.
The Sigma lens on my camera offers the beautiful bokeh that creates a kind of transparency in the background. Of course, in downsizing the image for use on this website some of the lustre in the original was lost.
Acanthus is called Bear’s breeches in English. I don’t know of any Dutch name. Wonderfully architectural plant, with great textured petals as well.
Physocarpus opulifolius (in Dutch: blaasspirea) is a rather photogenic plant. It is doing quite well in my sunny and dry backyard. I love the dark red foliage, complemented by pinkish flowers in early summer that are followed by lovely glossy dark red seedheads.