Now they’re blooming … with a vengeance!

22 May

This is likely to be a boring post … not a lot of variation in the photos. I hope you like flowers … the "Flowering Crabs" in our courtyard have finally realised that they'd better get to work, and are assaulting the area with their blossoms. Flowering, indeed! The following shots have virtually no narration … after all, what can one say?
So, here they are, the first nine are from one tree:

And these last are from another tree, in the opposite corner of the court … it seems younger (it's certainly smaller), and slower than the older tree, so the blossoms are in an earlier state:

Sorry, folks, for so many the same, or nearly; the fact is, I haven't even shown you a third of what I shot. Something of an embarrassment of riches, would you say?
Cheers, all!


Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


28 responses to “Now they’re blooming … with a vengeance!

  1. debplatt

    May 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I did enjoy looking at the blossoms. πŸ™‚ Thanks for publishing them.

  2. debplatt

    May 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    "now, this next slide is the interior of the basketball, but a half-stop lighter!".


  3. derWandersmann

    May 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks, Deb … I was hoping that they wouldn't be too much of the same thing … "now, this next slide is the interior of the basketball, but a half-stop lighter!".

  4. judithchen

    May 24, 2011 at 6:05 am

    woooo,i feel a beautiful summer now….. :happy: :love: :sing:

  5. studio41

    May 25, 2011 at 1:05 am

    nice photos- such a delightful time of the year πŸ™‚

  6. Huong Lan

    May 26, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Thanks for sharing, dW. I always love flowers. Hope you a great day. :love:

  7. NLDH

    May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Blue sky with pink and white blossoms… so beautiful. Enjoyed your post so much :up:

  8. derWandersmann

    May 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you, all … and I'm glad I shot them … the next day turned cold and rainy, and now the blossoms are all gone …

  9. judithchen

    May 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm


  10. RedFreya

    May 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Beautiful. I like the contrast of colour in the picture.I get a great deal of pleasure seeing cherry, apple and pear trees in blossom . Even things like the Hawthorne or May flower. :up: ⭐ :happy: It reminds me to follow the saying: "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out" and not to put away warmer clothes until the May flower is in full blossom. Even then it does not always work, because the blossom has long gone and it`s a bit chilly now. But that is English weather.:rolleyes: πŸ˜†

  11. derWandersmann

    May 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Here, too … we're still getting frost warnings.

  12. wierdf

    May 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

    very nice, i like especially when they are partly in bud and partly blooming and a lot of pictures adds to the richness of the blooming trees. πŸ™‚

  13. StevieBrown

    May 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    clever stuff this nature watching,blossom crab cheery apple pear any blossom is always welcome same as the the early spring bulbs,life goes on and we should be pleased we are here to witness these glory's,thanks and role on June…..

  14. wellisteffi

    May 31, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Great pictures. :up:The spring comes!

  15. derWandersmann

    June 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

    In these trees, the colours seem to desaturate when the bloom opens.And I think that the term "Flowering Crab" is a shortened version of "Flowering Crabapple", because the fruit they set is crabapples.

  16. PainterWoman

    June 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Really pretty! I think some of my new neighbors have the same kind of trees. It's interesting how the flowers look like berries before they open. I've finally stopped asking the kids what kind of tree/bird/bush is that. They don't know and don't care. They say only old people want to know those things. !!!!! I've never heard of "Flowering Crabs". Is that what they are really called or do those trees have another name. I've noticed here four different shades: a very dark maroon like blossom, and two different shades of pink. Also white. The white ones are brilliant in the morning sun. Of course, they might all be different kinds of trees.

  17. PainterWoman

    June 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Ah, then the different shades of pink may be the same trees but in different stages of blooming.

  18. StevieBrown

    June 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

  19. derWandersmann

    June 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Stevie … very interesting.

  20. StevieBrown

    June 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

    the power of the web lol…what did we know before search engines?:)

  21. PainterWoman

    June 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Originally posted by StevieBrown:

    what did we know before search engines

    I used to look up stuff in the old encyclopedia set my parents bought us in the 1950s. πŸ˜†

  22. StevieBrown

    June 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    OK for anything known before the 50's lol but no good for what came after πŸ™‚

  23. ssalonis

    June 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Very beautiful, reminds me of home when spring starts, everything becomes green, blooming and air is so fresh and warm.

  24. MrLeffe

    August 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I am here sometimes , looking , almost smelling the flowers, dreaming. Just so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  25. derWandersmann

    August 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Eva, you are always welcome here. I hope my pictures help you in this difficult Summer.Is your moment of truth still set for September? (I am polishing up my prayers.)

  26. derWandersmann

    August 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Originally posted by StevieBrown:

    OK for anything known before the 50's lol but no good for what came after

    But there's nothing like the feel of a big, solidly-bound book in your hands.———-It is interesting to note that one of our early Yank heroes, one John Chapman by name, AKA Johnny Appleseed, really existed, and really did wander through the early frontier, distributing and planting apple trees in the form of seeds. The fact is, that apples do not breed true through the seeds, but through the wood … trees are propagated by grafting cuttings onto the "primitive" or crabapple stock. Seeds produce only the original crabapples. So he was not gifting the settlers with loverly apples for eating or pies or whatever. (Crabapples can be used for jellies and jams, but you'd better have plenty of sugar on hand … sucrose, by preference. High-fructose corn syrup is an abomination unto humanity; I don't know what God thinks of it, but I think he'd agree with me on this.) … No, John was gifting them with something far more useful on the frontier … whiskey. The nasty little apples can be fermented and distilled into an acceptable whiskey, which was a very useful item, especially since much of the water was suspect, and it also served as an acceptable substitute for cash. Whiskey was a medium of exchange on the frontier.

  27. MrLeffe

    August 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you so very much dW. I am happy now it is set for September.I just got all papers and time for the first day 23 of august oh I am happy it will take place in September πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And yes to look at beautiful pictures is helping me a lot

  28. StevieBrown

    August 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Interesting Information,necessity and invention comes to mind and nothing wasted also lol…. πŸ™‚


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