We had two hot, sunny days in Seattle. It was enough to bring out some blooms.
We have quite a few flowering cherries, but only one cherry tree that actually will have edible cherries on it. It has abundant blossoms, so I’m hoping for a lot of cherries in the fall. The birds always claim their share of the fruit, but even so we can usually get a lot of wonderful cherries to eat ourselves.
We lost several rhododendron plants because of weather. The last two years had a wicked one-two punch for pacific northwest plants: really went springs, and really hot, dry summers. This rhodie is barely hanging on—it’s lost a lot of leaves, and the ones that remain are either pale or bug-eaten. Perhaps because of the risks, this one has decided to bloom early, hoping to beat the rush perhaps…or just a survival tactic: bloom, make seeds, and hope the children do OK.