Saturday, May 05, 2007

Flowering trees in our yard


A couple of redbuds and a Kwanzan cherry.


Kwanzan cherry blossoms.


Hornbeam pendant flowers.



White dogwoods.


White crabapple.


Peach.


Chinese redbud.


Yoshino cherry.

Sorry for lack of content. I'm too pooped to write today after digging out a large dead redbud (much bigger than the ones in the first photo) and replacing it with at red dogwood.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

Your ornamental trees are lovely. I couldn't even choose just one that I like best. Great photos.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Pam, The ornamental flowering trees are really wonderful in spring. It is difficult to choose the best so we plant them all or as many as we can ;) Some of the trees not known for their flowering have interesting flowers too if I'm observant enough to notice. We still have more to bloom like the Kousa dogwood which are only forming its buds now, the golden rain tree, the golden chain tree, the Styrax japonica and a few of the magnolias but the bulk of the flowering is happening right now. Thanks for stopping by.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Very nice pictures of your garden! Oh, don't worry about not writing "enough", flower pictures speak for themselves!

Happy gardening and best wishes from Germany,
Anita

12:50 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Anita, thank you. Yes the flowers are definitely more eloquent than I am.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Your ornamental trees look stunning! Excellent pics too!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Yolanda Elizabet,
Thanks, the trees are still young but are flowering well this year. I think from now on they will only get better as hopefully my photography skills will too. Thanks for stopping by.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

What a great collection, Ki - like a small arboretum. Does it seem as if you have more traffic on your street when the trees are in bloom? Do cars drive slowly so they can see your garden? I would!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

3:34 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Annie, we live on a small side street that ends in two cul-de-sacs so we don't get many cars coming through who don't live in the neighborhood. Once in a while people who walk their dog or just walkers will stop and look at an especially eye arresting flower like the tree peonies which are blooming now or the bright red Papaver orientale. A lot of people have planted ornamental flowering trees around our neighborhood so our small trees don't stand out even if we have more than usual. And the New Jerseyans seem to really like azaleas. You can really see a great display practically anywhere in town around Mother's day.

...just as I would surely stop for a field of your blue bonnets!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I wish I lived nearby so I could have a tour of your flowering trees. The Kwanzan cherry is really beautiful! You have a gorgeous collection... please post more pics!

10:58 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Kate, New Jersey is usually the butt of jokes as the worst place to live, like 'the armpit of the nation' etc. But it's actually aka the Garden State so the flowering trees are abundant and any neighborhood you drive by you are usually treated to wonderful visual display. Our trees are still pretty small since we've only planted them 5 years ago and won't be at its best until 3-5 more years. Some of the more established trees in the older neighborhood are completely covered with flowers. Takes your breath away.

I will post more pictures as the trees come into bloom.

4:11 AM  
Blogger DragonStone said...

Have you ever tried collecting the seeds from dogwoods and growing them? I'm thinking of doing that from a dogwood that's partially in the woods in my backyard.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Dragonstone, We leave the bright red dogwood fruit for the birds. Usually our resident mockingbird will jealously guard the tree and efficiently dispatch any intruder trying to snatch a snack. But sometimes it's just overpowered by the raiding starling mob and can only watch helplessly while the vandals strip the tree clean. So no fruit for the mocker and no seed for me.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

You have a Chinese redbud!!!! I saw one for the first time last spring at Lewis Ginter...It was stunning!! Such a different upright shape! What a lovely lovely collection of trees you have!

Yes, I, too, would drive slowly by!!

Btw, I get dogwood seedlings that I have to pull out...but, I don't suppose I want more starlings...lol!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Gotta, It is a multi-stemmed shrub more than a tree. The stems start very low on the bush so it is very difficult to try to grow it as a single trunk tree. It wants to put out so much growth I had to prune out several stems to keep it from getting unruly. As it grows taller though I'm baffled as to how I should shape it. I guess I'll let it go and let it find its own form. The leaves are nicer than the regular redbuds.

Maybe Dragonstone would like some of your dogwood seedlings? I see a lot of Cornus kousa dogwood seedlings, I guess the birds don't care too much for that fruit but no Cornus florida seedlings. I would rather pull out dogwood seedlings than have the noisy starlings pooping all over everything when they come to eat the fruit. Where's that sharpshinned hawk when you need it.

4:31 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

No need for words...pictures are awesome!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Lisa, and thanks. The plants are awesome. Glad I can share them through pictures.

6:34 PM  

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