Continuing from my previous post, we are now a week further (3/15), the flower buds of the highbush blueberry are beginning to open. As the buds open, their bright pink color gives way to a pale pink color. The greenish-yellow pistil, which holds the embryo sacs and ovules, can also be noticed emerging from the apex of the opening flower.
The Woodland Phlox is a perennial, growing about 1-1.5 inches tall, with purplish flowers. Although Woodland Phlox is an early Spring bloom, this year, because of the warmer winters, they have started appearing even earlier than usual. The photo above was taken on 24 February 2012, in northern Virginia. They were in full bloom. A week later the blooms have started to wither, as the flowers become fruits. [Nikon S8200, f/3.5 @ 1/800 sec, ISO 800]