Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spring Flowering Trees in all their Glory



One weekend last May were driving from here to there when, quite by accident, we came across a field filled dandelions and long rows of ornamental cherry, plum and crabapple trees. None of them were identified. I hope you will forgive me for leaving them as such and appreciate them just as they are.

I have also included a few photographs of magnolia trees in flower that were taken 'round about the same time.











With this post I am answering Les's (A Tidewater Gardener) challenge to select 10 favourite photos from 2013. And if your counting, there are actually 11 pictures in the post, but hopefully that's close enough. If you would like to participate too, please click the link.

33 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, magnolias!
    They are my very favorite flowers.
    Thank you for so much wonderful color and warmth, on a bitterly cold day here in NY.

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    1. Magnolias are a favourite of mine as well.

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  2. it's hard to believe that in the middle of this "polar vortex" that we'll have blooms like this in a few short months.

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    1. I agree Heather. When I look out at my snow covered in this freezing garden it seems hard to imagine that spring is only a few months away.

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  3. What a wonderful scene you came upon, truly delightful. When dandelions are not in our own gardens, they look fantastic en masse! These photos cheer us up on a cold wet windy day, many thanks. Hope you are not experiencing the dreadful cold and snow that we are hearing about.

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    1. We have had some really, really cold days Pauline. Yesterday and today we had to put a heater near the water pipes in the back basement because they were starting to freeze.
      The only one who wants to go outside is Scrap, but then he always wants to go outside no matter what the weather!

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  4. Fantastic photos to give us some hope that Spring will return one day soon. We seem to be stuck in eternal winter !!

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  5. Gorgeous photos Jennifer. I'd like to know where the 'here to there' place is. Everything looks so healthy.

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    1. Hi Patty, I was somewhat vague because I am not entirely sure where the "here to there" place was. We were returning home from the Caledon area. It was a nice weekend afternoon in early spring and so were ambling in the direction of home without really paying attention to which side road we were on. I am going to make an educated guess that this field belongs to Sheridan Nursery. The nursery's growing fields are just north east of where we live.

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  6. Remind me all you like of flowers and flowering trees - just leave the dandelions out of it!!!

    :)

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  7. All those dandelions! I've never seen such a dense swath of them and they actually look striking. All the beautiful flowering trees are lovely in your photos, but that field of dandelions just made me smile.

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    1. Laurrie, the dandelions were every bit as striking as the trees. They make me smile too.

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  8. I'd guess this is a tree farm. So fun that you found it and took some gorgeous photos to share with everyone in the dead of winter! Thank you!

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    1. Stacy I think it was a field belonging to Sheridan Nursery that we stumbled upon.

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  9. WOW!!! Jennifer these photos are just gorgeous!!! These photos remind me that there is so much to look forward to!!! Any recommendations for a good small flowering tree for zone 5????

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    1. Unfortunately, I am not the best person to offer advice on trees Nicole. We have only ever planted one tree on the property- a ornamental crab that has white flowers and pretty red fruit- but I am not sure of the variety. If it were me, I would do some research this winter. Then I would head to a good nursery where I would spell out the growing conditions and then ask for recommendations. Spring would be a great time to shop as many of the nursery trees would be in flower and you can choose from more than a picture. I would look for a tree that is disease resistant and has the bonus of fruit that might attract birds to your yard.

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    2. We have a honelysuckle flowering tree that was on the property when we moved in that is in bad shape and attracts so many bugs...which makes it hard to grow my plants underneath...thanks for getting back to me lady!

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  10. Oh, my goodness - what a heavenly sight! Funny how the dandelions look so beautiful there, too, instead of the weed most people think of them as. It would be fun to run through them, scattering their seeds on the wind, like running through a cloud.

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    1. Holley you paint a pretty picture with your words. You can't tell from the pictures, but the dandelions were quite tall-unlike the ones you see in a typical lawn. I didn't think to run through them and watch the seeds take wing. Now I wish I had!

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  11. These images are sheer bliss for me, especially in our winter. Every single image is divine, how amazing to stumble across such a scene of utter beauty.Lucky you eh? xxx

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    1. It was quite a treat for the eyes Snowbird.

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  12. Absolutely stunning. You can almost smell the apple blossoms. Looking forward to spring for sure now.

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  13. Oh my goodness, those are beautiful and left me wanting a slice of cake with extra frosting. Isn't it wonderful when you just happen upon such a circumstance? Good for you to have the camera.

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  14. This is a much welcomed site on such a cold winter's day. These photos are just beautiful! This gives hope that spring warming is on the way hopefully sooner than later!

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  15. Absolutely lovely! And it’s only a few months till we have magnolias and cherry trees in full flower – what a great find to bump into this place on your journey. And I agree with Holley, dandelions like these just ask to be run through so you can see the seeds blow away with the wind. I grew up in a rather more rural setting than where I live now and I can remember dandelions always being tall like in your photo, growing on fields and on the side of the road – perhaps because they were left to their own device and not mowed over regularly.

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  16. Fruit trees in a field of wishes. Thanks for reminding me that spring really isn't that far away even if the weather doesn't want me to believe it. Thank you for making me smile today.

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  17. I'm so glad you stopped the car and took these photos ... what a visual delight!! The purple blossoms contrasted with the white dandelions is just ethereal. My grandparents' owned a small market farm in Hamilton, and although I never saw it when it was a farm, there were apparently a few rows of apple trees there. My mother told me that my grandmother just loved the beauty of the trees in flower. I have only one photo of that orchard with my mother sitting under a tree eating an apple :)
    Wendy x

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  18. I would like to take a book and a glass of wine and stretch out for the afternoon under the trees. I'm sure the dandelions would make a nice soft bed. Thank you for your comments on my new blog, your support means a lot.

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  19. So beautiful! I like dandelions and always drag my heels at pulling them. A picnic under those trees would have been a treasure. :o)

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  20. Jennifer girl some times we get too caught up in naming what a plant or tree is ... we just have to step back and appreciate how absolutely gorgeous they are ... and these are absolutely gorgeous!
    There is something so unusual with the offset of the dandelion heads and the silky flower petals .. it is stunning ... no wonder these are a favorite of yours !
    Yes ! You can find a spot for a Tiger Eye Sumac .. it is well behaved .. a slow grower and looks so pretty : ) ... and even though Silver Brocade artemisia is "common" from some gardeners view point .. it is amazing in humidity and drought .. I am a fan if it for the spot I have it in.
    It would look gorgeous in a pot offset with something dramatic like black mondo grass or deep purple sweet potato vine .. or coleus ? .. I will go on and on .. LOL !
    Joy : )

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  21. It's been way too long since I visited your blog! The images are just gorgeous. I especially love the way you captured the beauty, yes beauty, of dandelions. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos. Winter does get long...

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  22. Absolutely stunning. So glad you stopped to enjoy the beauty. Can't wait to see and smell them again. :)

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  23. Je continue de visiter votre blog. C'est vraiment magnifiques. De magnifiques photos. Bonne soirée.

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