Here's a really crummy picture of a nice-looking tree in our backyard. It gets bright white blossoms, but they only stay on for a few days before getting rained or blown down, or frozen off. Makes me wonder why the tree goes to the trouble. The energy it takes to put out the blossoms seems hardly worth it, especially because there aren't many insects around this time of year. We think this tree is what attracts the Japanese beetles whose grubs ate up our lawn last summer.
A cold front was supposed to come in yesterday evening after the ridiculously high temperatures, but it didn't arrive until early in the morning, and even now at 9 am it's still reasonably warm. It's raining, but I wore shorts on my drive to drop the boys off at school and wasn't cold at all.