Today's Wonder of the World is...Flowering Trees!
Aren't you glad that some trees flower? All the flowering trees are abloom in my corner of South Carolina and it's just lovely.
While Sam and Tanner were out enjoying the sun this weekend, I started thinking about those pretty bloomers. I reached back in the dark recesses of my brain, way, way back behind my pita bread recipe where I keep my notes from Botony 101, and asked myself questions like
Why do some trees flower and others don't?
What is a flower for anyway?
Oh yeah! I remember! A flower is just a plant's reproductive organ.
How nice of nature to make its privates so pretty!
I think I'll stop there. I can see that you're already blushing and so am I.
I'll choose instead to just enjoy the flowering trees in my backyard and let someone else tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called love.
Hey look! There's something to distract us from this awkward moment!
It's the blooming Bradford Pear in my backyard, the one that's got a sled underneath it, even though I've told my boys goodness knows how many times to put that thing away!
(They blame it on Tanner the Slobber Dog but I think they're just lazy.)
See, Tanner doesn't care about that sled. He's a connoisseur of blooming branches.
Or maybe he's sniffing out a squirrel.
We've got a beautiful redbud in full bloom right across the street, but I'm such a rotten photographer that I'm going to rely on Peter Michel's flickr picture below to show you what it looks like.
Flickr photo by Peter Michel
Gorgeous redbud, Peter!
They should really change that tree's name to purplebud. Don't you think so?
Whenever I think about blooming trees, I can't help but travel back in time to our French life. Won't you sit with me and Sarah under our cherry tree?
Just wait...when birds land on the branches it looks like a snowstorm!
Speaking of French branches...
Not to turn this blog into a van Gogh love fest, but I'm in love with the painting he did in Saint Remy of a blooming almond tree.
That just takes my breath away.
I bet Tanner would like it too. Especially if it smelled like squirrel.
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
Enjoy this time lapse video of blooming cherry trees!