Our neighbors up on the hill have a bank of lupines which is really beautiful. I was driving by the other day so I stopped to take some pictures. Yes Annie, I almost always have my camera with me :)
They were mostly the deep purple this year with just a few pinks mixed in. This bank is just before you get to their house.
There's a large pond behind the house and a wonderful perennial garden in front. They are very creative gardeners and have a beautiful location which they make the most of.
Now, here we are back home. Alice wanted to see our lupines, so of course, I took lots of pictures. The pink flowers in front are verbascum. Trying to decide on just a few pictures to post was the hard part!
These are an early daylily (Hemerocallis) in the same garden.
And a closeup so you can see how pretty these flowers are on their spikes. They pair nicely with the lupines.
This is the garden where the white tulips were blooming earlier this spring. That red columbine (Aquilegia) is so lovely!
I really love this pink lupine.
Looking towards the road. The sky was a beautiful blue, with white puffy clouds that day.
This is a wild columbine which comes in lovely pastel shades. It seeds very freely...I have to pull some of it out or it takes over.
Here it is in a deeper purple. I love the delicate flower.
This lovely clematis is called Carnaby. It doesn't want to climb the trellis, and when I try to train it by tying it up a little bit it gets temperamental and won't bloom much. I guess I should leave it alone.
One more of the daylilies with the wild columbine. The colors are so pretty together.
Thanks very much to everyone who offered their opinions on the names of those flowering trees.
Annie, I think flowering quince might be a good guess on the mystery tree. I'll check it out and let you know what I come up with. Thanks for sharing your vast store of knowledge!