But I waited all winter for this.
So --- light be damned, who cares about the white sky or the droop or the flat light. There are treasures to be captured out there, awash in a weird glare:
Veronicas ('Royal Candles') are marching in front of the sundrops.
'Husker's Red' penstemon has the prettiest white blooms on wine colored stems. They mix with yellow coreopsis.
Sunny yellow sundrops (Oenothera tetragona) are spreading from just a few plants last year. They peek over the deep purple 'May Night' salvia, which is still blooming as spring moves into summer.
Baptisia alba is tall and willowy and the white blooms arch. Not like a bushy blue baptisia at all, this white false indigo is open and carries curvy spires on tall stalks.
St. Johnswort (Hypericum 'Albury Purple') wears silver raindrops like jewels on its foliage, and then adds golden yellow blooming sunbursts just for effect.
Sweetbay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson' blooms outside my bedroom window, but is still holding back its promised lemony scent. It smells like nothing, but delights even so.
Blueberries have bloomed and are setting fruit, but these are not blueberries. They are the flowers of Zenobia pulverulenta, a related plant with translucent glaucus foliage and the cutest little white bells.
I waited all winter. The early morning shadows call to me to come outside, so I must go now and fiddle with the camera settings, trying to compensate for the light, the flatness and the white sky and haze. It all still gives me pleasure.