Fluffy Cherry Blossoms

Japanese cherry blossom pink
The first round of tree blossoms is fading, now it’s time for round two.

These cherry blossoms look like the perfect pillow for a fairy.

At least I think they are cherry blossoms. I got a tree field guide from the library to aid in my quest to identify the many flowering trees that I see, but that isn’t as straightforward as I thought.

At first you see the tree’s main characteristics, but then the book throws in variations and hybrids and it seems like anything could be anything. By the time I’m done, I’m so confused that I’m convinced that somehow a pine tree could actually be a version of a crabapple, given the right lighting and day of the week. I guess it’s a case of “the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know.”

Finding someone with tree-IDing experience will probably be my best bet, but I’m not totally giving up on the field guide.

T is for Trees!

Yes, I have been obsessed with photographing tree blossoms this spring. I’m aware of it. And I’ve been really enjoying it! I even climbed a tree to get a better view, inspired by comments on a recent post.

Here is a gallery of some of this week’s blossoms. They won’t last much longer, but that’s what makes them so special. We have to enjoy them while we have them.

As I’ve been taking so many pictures, I’ve been trying to identify some of the trees. Some I know are cherry trees, but others could be some other kind of flowering tree. If you have any theories or know for sure, please comment and help me figure this out 🙂 Thanks.

Happy Arbor Day!

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

R is for Riding Out the Storm

raindrops on pink cherry blossoms
Raindrops on noses and whiskers on kittens

The storms that trudged through our area yesterday did not take down all the pretty blossoms, as I’d feared. The trees rode out the storms with more grace than children and bloggers who didn’t want to stay inside all day.

This morning, well after sunrise, one more quick rain squall stopped by long enough for us to doubt our plans for the park. But, happily, it all breezed away and the weather was nice for the rest of the day.

storm clouds, blue sky and tree blossoms
Tricky spring weather. See you later, storm!

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

P is for Petals

Trying to confirm the name of this. I always thought tulip tree, but it seems those have yellow and orange flowers?
Trying to confirm the name of this. I always thought tulip tree, but it seems those have yellow and orange flowers?

I looked again for blooming trees and found so many different petals. What a dramatic difference in so short a time.

one white blossom on tree
Thursday

The tree that had only one blossom on Thursday had completely opened by Saturday morning.

tree with white blossoms, blue sky
Saturday

Here’s another before and after.

pink blossoms almost open on tree
On Thursday they are just about to open

I like the bee that I happened to catch in this one.

pink blossoms on tree
Open on Saturday, with a bee hard at work

Here are some more petals. I wish I could identify these trees. I typically think of the classic cherry blossoms as being pink, but last year I did see some white ones on a farm I visited.

white tree blossoms
Are they some kind of ornamental apple or cherry tree? They do not produce fruit.

This tree does not produce any fruit so I think it’s an ornamental cherry… Maybe? They look like cherry blossoms.

pink blossoms on tree maybe cherry
Possible cherry blossoms. They have a faint sweet scent.

Unfortunately we are supposed to get lots of rain soon. I hope it doesn’t wash all these blossoms away.

white tree blossoms
Celebrating the pretty petals before they are rained out

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

Cheery Cherry Picking

We went back to the farm this week to pick my favorite fruit: cherries.

red cherries on a tree
Red, ripe, and ready to eat!

One month ago these trees were in bloom. Flowers are pretty, but I prefer to see trees like this, filled with fruit.

Cherries are so juicy, sweet, and luxurious. One thing I can’t figure out: How can the flavor be so concentrated and rich? I usually pop another one in my mouth and contemplate….

red cherries on a tree
Let me check to make sure these are ripe.

I learned from the farmer that cherries are a difficult crop to grow. The trees here are protected from the rain by an open-sided greenhouse structure. The arches overhead are covered with plastic to keep the rain from falling on the fruit. Too much rain will make the cherries burst.

cherries growing on a tree
Plastic overhead keeps the rain off the cherries

Another problem with growing cherries is that the birds also think they are a tasty treat. The plastic greenhouse-style roof that keeps the rain off is connected to nets that are staked into the ground. This helps keep the birds away from the trees. In addition to the nets, the farmers put up several speakers playing a very loud bird call. The farmer explained that it’s a distress call, so that when birds hear it they will stay away, thinking that something horrible is happening to one of their feathered friends over there.

flowers in front of the farm store
Flowers in front of the farm store

The combination of the 90° heat and the plastic tarps overhead made cherry picking a rather sweaty endeavor, but we were cheered by the delicious, juicy cherries and the baskets we brought home.

American flag and a flag with a strawberry
The farm also does strawberry picking.