Since I had no correct guesses last week, I thought I would extend this perennial bush and add more clues! It must of been a rather puzzling one (unless you are my BFF who knew immediately, but lucky for for my readers she hasn't figured out how to post here yet... (hugs, Terry))!
So lets show you the mystery plant now that it has grown bigger....
(Hint, you should be able to click on any photo to view a larger image, if you would like to copy please ask, and I use Creative Commons, as share with kind)
Here a different view... I have heard that this plant does not like to be moved, and this one has told us this fact after hubby decided to transplant it to it's current location over 10 years ago. It still only has a trio of stems.
Believe it or not, this almost dead looking clump of sticks will soon explode with color... this is the tree version of this mysterious perennial.
here is a close up of the first sign of life...
Look at the tender leaves starting to emerge...
Just three warm weeks after the first peek of spring,
it has set flower buds!
The main reason I am extending this baffling beauty is by next week it may just be blooming!
Here is the biggest clue (I hope), a flower bud showing a glimpse of the color to be...
it does come in a few lovely colors, the most common is pink.
Did these clues help get your brains working???
Then don't forget to leave me your guess!
I had to include a fond farewell to the forsythia I shared last week, theses were a few of the last shining stars, you can see the leaves filling out, that will soon be all that is left for the summer.
I have 3 forsythia in this retaining wall bed. They grow with gusto and need a big pruning, especially the one closet to the house. They do add some cool shade for a few of the flowers in this bed, but most have had no trouble with the full sun and heat that can bake them in summer weather. If they were right behind the house, I would let them grow as tall and thick as they want, for then the shade would be desirable and growth would not be a problem. We have not had any troubles with transplanting or propagating these prolific spring stars. Hubby has transplanted them twice, with the last time mercilessly cutting one into two! We also had success with sticking a newly cut stem directly into dirt along with a few friends and it growing into a nice shrub. Just another frugal easy to share plant.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and also for playing along in guessing the mystery plant!
with dirty hands I bid you a farewell, until I tap again ....