A few years ago, friends of ours gave us some perennials. I'm sure they told us the names of the plants - some of them I knew, others I didn't. Today I don't remember most of them (did I tell you that I have a great memory ... but it's short!). However, there is one that I did remember because my son has some at his place and he asked me recently what it was called - astilbe.
I was making some shots of my grandson this afternoon and we happened to be sitting near these, so I focused on the astilbes and let the flowers fill the frame - I was surprised at the resulting explosion of colour.
And since it's also Sunset Sunday (see Scott's blog) I'm posting a contribution, taken the evening of our return from vacation just over a week ago.
(70-200mm f5.6 1/60 sec ISO200)
(18-55mm f8 1/50 sec ISO200)
Sunset Sunday (taken in our backyard)