Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bloomin' Trees

I Just had to share some shots of trees in bloom in the park now. With the cooler temperatures moving in this week, it will keep the blooms up a bit longer, making for some great photo ops.

Malus 'Van Eseltine Crabapple upright (columnar)
This is my very favorite tree. It grows on the right-facing corner of the Tinker Homestead. Despite this years overall poor
perforamance with blooms from the late snowfall, this trees blooms are better than ever.

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.)
This shrub or small tree has two distinct personalities. Flowering Quince spends most of the year as a shrubby tangle of branches and non-descript foliage. But then, for a brief two or three weeks in early spring, it transforms itself into a drop-dead beauty. Its bare thorny branches are covered with brilliant 1 1/2 to 2 inch usually red blossoms and offers up a delightful fragrance.
Although the flowers are beautiful and the fruit a neat feature, the thorns can be difficult to prune. These can be found around the entrance to the Hansen nature Center.

Common Lilac
Syringa vulgaris
(Standard Lilac)

Apple Blossoms

Spring (Apple Blossoms) by John Everett Millais, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England
This painting could have been a moment in time at Henrietta's Tinker park.

Apple Blossom Punch
3 (46 oz.) cans apple juice
3 (12 oz.) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
2 (2 liters) Sprite or 7-Up
Mix juices, add Sprite or 7-Up at serving time. Pour over fruit or flower ice ring. Serves 50.

Edible flowers in Ice:
Rose petals
Wash flowers and place one in each section of an ice cube tray. Add water and freeze. Or use a bowl to make one large block with flowers in bowl. Place flowers, blossoms down, in bowl. Add 1/8 inch water. Freeze. Fill bowl full with cold water. Freeze. Dip bowl in hot water to loosen ice. Float ice in punch bowl flower side up.

Red Flowering Crab Radiant Malus pumila

Dark Purple Common Lilac
This lilac is a must see, it can be found growing on the right-facing corner of the herb garden.

Arnold Red Honeysuckle
Upright growing with pale green leaves, rose-pink flowers and red fruits. Several of these large shrubs can be found behind the amphitheater

White Crabapple Tree Floribunda Malus

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