In honor of the Transit of Venus, I just bought Cornus 'Venus'
OK, it was actually an impulse buy. Saw it in the nursery and it blew my mind. The flowers are the size of salad plates. Truly unbelievable. The tag said very good things about it, all suggesting it would be an excellent choice -- resistant to anthracnose and powdery mildew, vigorous grower, Zone 4 winter tolerance, long blooming season. I had to have it. So, I bought it.
It will certainly last longer than the Transit of Venus next Tuesday.