mea culpa … now, here is a real Japanese Flowering Cherry tree. The big one is a Plum.)

In the interest of truth and wisdom, I have to issue a correction — dealing with my misidentification of flowering trees.

I mistakenly identified my beautiful tree with the purple foliage and explosion of gorgeous pink blossoms as a Japanese Flowering Cherry. In fact, the tree in question is a PLUM tree. I am not sure what its real name is, but I will find out by asking the nursery where it came from.

However…before I drown in protests, I hasten to add that there IS indeed a Japanese Flowering Cherry tree out in my yard right next to the mis-identified Plum tree. I personally planted both of the flowering trees about 20 years ago.

Here’s the thing: Several years ago the Cherry tree developed a serious illness, and gradually died. The branches formed a pleasing shape any way, and when I noticed that several new little shoots were coming out of the ground I decided to leave them alone and see what happened. Gradually the old tree deteriorated, and lost upper branches to the elements. I let the tree trunk remain as a framework for the new shoots to climb on. Two or three years ago I discovered a few flowers on the tree.

(Photos and story ©Sometimes, 2021)

Rhododrendon’s last dance (Cee’s Flower of the Week Rhodie Buds challenge)

https://ceenphotography.com/2021/04/09/fotd-april-9-rhodie-bud

This old rhododendron just out-did herself last year, so I’m not counting her out now. This plant has been in this spot for about 20 years, I planted it in my “tree garden” and it is one of few originals remaining… there is another plant that is about the same size as this one on the other side of the garden. Also there is a white smaller flowered Rhodie or similar plant that just shows normal winter wear and tear over by the second pink one.

I don’t know why this plant is such a wreck. It is possible that a deer (or crew of deer) ran through the shrub on their way through the tree garden. The deer and assorted other critters live back there.

(all photos ©Sometimes, 2021)

early daffodils

These daffodils are always the first to open. This particular line of flowers came from bulbs that were dug up on the western side of the property when they built the horse yards several years ago. Originally those bulbs were planted by my late husband Bob a couple of decades ago on the perimeters of our property… (Photos ©Sometimes 2021)

a walk to see what’s coming up (March 14)

about my new header photo…its not photoshopped

The photo of the heart-shaped cloud formation is one I took several years ago. It is an actual photo of the sky, taken from a parking lot. A glance at the clouds when I got out of the car suggested that two opposing clouds were on a “collision course,” so I waited until they actually merged into the heart shape. No tricks of photo manipulation.

just sayin’ 🙂

That particular parking lot is known (by me, anyway) to produce some great sky-scapes.

piggy-back grasshoppers

(photo ©Sometimes, 2020)

(I was sitting outside, minding my own business, when this critter ran into me and landed on the pavement nearby. I didn’t get a good look at it until later, when editing on my mainframe some snaps taken with my camera phone. Actually my subject was cats…so this grasshopper shot was a bonus.)

introducing Alice.

Day Two of my return to the blogging world. Of course with a post about a cat…er, kitten…named Alice. Just one photo this post. I see that the posting system has changed while I was off day-dreaming. Alice is growing by leaps and bounds, and this shot was a month ago…I just happen to have half a gazillion more stashed away.

“Hi— I’m ALICE

Spring Beauty exists forever in pictures…

 

DSC04463 RED N WHITE TULIP GOOD USE
Red & White Anniversary Tulip

DSC04399 WHITE TULIP
a lone white tulip in mini collection  

DSC04395 TULIPS AND HYACINTHS
Red parrot tulips and grape hyacinths  

 

DSC04532 ROCKY WHALE
Whale Rock 

DSC04463 RED N WHITE TULIP GOOD USE
Red & White Anniversary Tulip

DSC04465 VERY GOOD RED TULIPS 7 GOOD USE
Red Tulips  

 

DSC04467 2 RED TULIPS CLOSE VERY GOOD USE
Two Red Tulips  

 

 

DSC04471 (2) CLOSE RED TULIP VERY GOOD USE
Red Enamel 

 

DSC04476 WHITE JONQUIL VERY GOOD
Jonquils

 

DSC04486 PURPLE PLUM TREE IN BLOOM GOOD
Japanese Plum 

 

DSC04479 (2) SIDE GARAGE APPLE TREE PLUM
Blooming Ornamental Apple, Japanese Plum  

 

 

DSC04523 (2) RED TULIPS 7 WITH SIDEWALK
Showing Off  

DSC04469 (2) CLOSE RED TULIP VERY GOOD USE
Inner Beauty