It's that time of year when raindrops cling to new blossoms, looking like jewels until the sun dries the drops or they fly off in the wind.
Here is a China rose slowly opening in the brisk temperatures.
It is a Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' plant that we purchased on a whim from Annies Annuals last autumn. These lovely blossoms first are orange buds, opening to a shade of yellow, and finally turn magenta.
This blossom is currently in shades of salmon and magenta.
These roses have a lovely subtle scent and when we have warmer temperatures I often see flower flies and bees on the blossoms.