One of the sights I returned to after my recent trip (besides the knee-high lawn) was the ninebark.
This is probably the best-looking shrub in my yard year-round, but in mid-spring it really impresses with its blooms.
Minimal fragrance (if any), but does that even matter in this case?
There are so many blooms! I love macro shots, but let's take a couple of steps back:
I love the arching arms that remind me of an octopus:
Maybe several octopuses hugging each other, because there are way more than 8 arms. Sadly, I'll have to prune some of these soon as they'll be blocking paths. This plant got much larger than the tag indicated.
The pink of the unopened buds really does it for me. I don't know if I'd like these as much if they were pure white. Perhaps.
Just beautiful! It bloomed early this year just like everything else, but I'm glad I didn't miss the whole show while I was away.