Wednesday, December 5, 2007

the pink lady at Fiery's house



My favorite part of our house is the beautiful tree in our front yard. Perhaps there are some tree enthusiasts who know what kind it is. It produces the most gorgeous pink blossoms in the spring, the petals drift life snowflakes in the summmer, and in the fall it puts out little red berries. I call them squirrel bombs for the squirrels seem to love them. When they fall to the ground, the black birds come in the spring to eat them. The other birds seem relatively indifferent.

The picture in the side bar of the branch with the red berries is taken from the front bay window of the pink tree in the picture at the top of the post.

Blogger has stopped telling me when people post to my blog. The last comment I was informed of was Richard's in open forum 8 on 4 December 6:18p.m. I will have to go back and manually check the more recent posts for comments. Hopefully they will get it sorted. *sigh*

21 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Yeah blogger's doing the same to me. Nice photo by the way. The tree looks familiar

Fiery said...

Booooooo blogger.
Thank you Sean! :)

Poodles said...

It almost looks like a Sargent Cherry.

evolveintobirds said...

What a gorgeous tree! In multiple seasons too...I envy you. Here in the desert the closest thing we get to something like that is when the palo verdes bloom.

Fiery said...

Richard guessed a Pin Cherry, but their blossoms are white, and these are decidedly pink. Plus, the description I found said Pin Cherries were edible. To my knowledge, and these trees are fairly common here, the berries are not consumed by humans.

Poodles- the Sargent Cherry is closer, but does not grow this far north. The foliage is similar turning yellow/orange in the fall, but the berries are still red, and do not ripen to a deep purple color.

:) This is cool! I'm getting a kick out of this guessing game. YAY!!!!

Fiery said...

EIBirds- well there has to be some perks to living in the tundra!!!!

LOL

Ok ok, Minnesota isn't really the tundra, more like the frozen prairie. But it is quite shivery cold at the moment.

The palo verdes looks like an interesting plant. Quite vivid.

Hound Doggy said...

Is it a Crab Apple? I have one in my back yard and it looks similar.

T&A said...

Is it one of these? Going by some of the photos in the link, it looks like a Kanzan to me.

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Could be a crab apple from the quick look I had on google at pics of blossom trees, whatever it is it's a really gorgeous pink lady to have in your front yard:-)

Fiery said...

Oh how I wish it were a crab apple tree as crab apples make AWESOME applecrisp and pies. YUM!!!!! Plus the kids love picking and eating them in the summer time.

Nope, the small red berries for this tree are seen on the upper right corner of my blog.

I don't believe it is a kanzan because the blossoms don't have quite near many petals, it's more of a 5-7 petal blossom instead of the thick profussion shown on the kanzan. Plus the blossoms last much longer than a week. I'd say a good month or so of fabulous pinkness in my front yard. :D

:)

T&A said...

Flowering Dogwood?

Fiery said...

lol this is like a game of
warmer...cooler... colder... ON FIRE!!...

Except in this case T&A you're getting colder, the berries don't grow in clusters, they aren't edible.

I haven't played this game in ages!! :) Thanks for participating!!!!! :D

T&A said...

Yeah I noticed that after I posted the link. I though perhaps the berries had thinned out. However I don't think the berries on a dog wood are edible either.

Fiery said...

I've never met a dogwood tree or tried to nibble its berries, :) I was just going by the wikipedia link which said, "The berries are edible, and are remarkably delicious, often being used to sweeten tea in Mexico."

Richard said...

I still think it is a part of the cherry family (Prunus).

Is it a Chokecherry,Prunus virginiana. They can come with a spray of red or dark to nearly black berries. The berries are so bitter as to be quite inedibe, but the leaves resemble those of the Pincherry.

Fiery said...

In Montana where I was growing up, chokecherries are bushes and the berries can be made into the most fantastic syrup imaginable. OMG YUM!!!!! Pancakes or icecream it is HEAVEN!!!!!

But... straight off the bush ... PUCKERY!!!! No pink blossoms on chokecherries though.

Richard said...

Nope, it's not a chokecherry... it's flower/berry sprays are tighter than your tree's.

Richard said...

You are holding out on us Fiery. You know what it is, and your holding it back as a marketing ploy for your blog. Damn corporate marketing mentality. You're an enemy of us little people!

Fiery said...

Ya caught me, I get a kickback from blogger every time a post garners more than 75 comments. I'm doing the best I can to generate interest in this topic, thankfully somebody from Canada keeps throwing out wild shots in the dark to keep the topic alive.

KaPing! ;)

T&A said...

We used to go pick chokecherries when I was a kid. My mom made some kick ass jelly from them!

I still have no idea what your tree is!

Fiery said...

Mama & Papa Ewok are here for Xmyth and he says that the pink lady is a flowering crab.

*shrugs* Berries aren't edible though. BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! :D