The thought was to take a walk to the nearby hills and see what has sprouted up or grown out with the abundance of rain this season. Alas, the presence of a helicopter buzzing around in a mile radius for half an hour made me rethink whether a walk would be the best idea. Since I have never seen a, presumed police, helicopter in the area before, it was just better to explore what was in the backyard to photograph.
This is the time of the year when some of the blooms in the garden are well under way. Some of the tulips are winding down while others are just about to reach their peak. Previous year’s dahlias are just sprouting buds from the mother root while the nursery-purchased baby dahlias are already starting to bloom. The dogwoods are in full bloom while the snowball flowers are still in their newly emerged green tint. In the next month, the colors will begin to change from light green to off-white to white.
Plant Notes: This Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum) are one of three better known varieties of viburnum, the others being the Japanese and European. Flower clusters vary in size by varieties – Chinese (4-8″ at the ends of branches), Japanese (2-3″ born two-ranked along branches), and European (3-5″ at the ends of branches with cranberry-like fruit in the fall). Viburnum are hearty bushes adaptable to a variety of growing conditions and reaching a height and width of 10-15 feet.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/5.6, 1/15 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Snowball Viburnum, Bokeh Background. Cameron Park, CA. April 10, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.