So I look for some sun substitutes while it rains outside.
I remember years ago I was at the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco and their entryway bouquet was a huge flowering branch from a tulip tree. I had never seen the flowers close up before. They were incredibly exotic and beautiful. Memorably beautiful, actually. I usually see the flowers from far away...like maybe 50 feet away because when the tree blooms, it usually blooms high up and when you look at the flowers, it's almost always looking up at the bottoms of them from down below. For a couple weeks now the tulip tree in my front yard has been blooming. I usually cannot see the flowers very well until it's time for a tree trimming...which is probably going to happen this year because I was able to reach up and snip a branch to bring inside.
And then take it right back out to the backyard to photograph up close.
There's sort of a sun ray thing going on in the middle there....although in keeping with today's theme of falling water from the sky, maybe it looks more like an underwater sea anemone with some crazy tentacles.
The tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is native to the U.S. and is definitely on my list of trees to plant on my land in Kansas. Maybe I'll even transplant some seedlings I find in my yard later in the year since this is a tree that grows relatively fast.
This photo was taken a couple days ago. Because it's been raining so much, I think all those flowers are now homeless petals on the wet ground. And probably very, very clean.
I was at Powell Gardens a couple weeks ago for their annual plant sale and came home with about a dozen sedums and sempervivums. I'm planning a rock garden and rock garden plants usually like sun and lots of it. They have an orb quality to them too, like the sun.
This one is so tiny and compact I could wear it as a piece of jewelry. I just love these things.
I potted them up last weekend since they aren't going to be planted in the ground any time soon. And after that I went to a garden center and brought home even more.
I hope they survive all this rain. They're not looking all that happy. I keep checking on them and moving them around so they can at least dry out a little but the rain still finds them. Everything out there is sopping wet.
I wonder when the moss that has started to grow on some of the pots will have had enough of this rain because the rest of us certainly have (!).