Yesterday was such a beautiful day and the flowering trees were all calling me into my woods. So I planned to do so early today when the sun was still low. Well best laid plans, today turned out with heavy misty fog and light rain. But I tried anyway. The plums have started to wilt a little but got a couple of photos of red buds. Most are under story and hard to see on a dull day.

Sotol and Red Bud
Young Red Bud
Bud on the Rocks
Native Plum and Redbud

9 thoughts on “Trees

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a redbud other than in photos. It’s beautiful, especially near the native plum (and I love the ‘bud on the rocks’!

  2. Thanks, we have two verities here, the eastern which is a deeper red and the western which is lighter. (I think that I got that right) The Eastern is more prevalent in East Texas but both grow in this intermediate zone.

    The Western does better in this dry chalice soil.

    • I hurt my hand when I fell, and typing is difficult, so that word above should be CALICHE~! Also you are in luck, Older photos show the same tree behind the rocks which I named “leaf me alone”,,,and a second one we will call “stoned in a blanket”. You will note that you would not pay much attention to the tree once the other flowers start blooming. The one with the tree is where I got caught in the branches of the tree and thought it was funny so took a selfie.. Notice how green and large the leaves are. I cut the flower stalks on my tractor, after they go to seed to get ready for the next years flowers

  3. The leaves are much larger than I expected — a lovely green shade tree after the showy flowers are finished. They seem to take a fair amount of maintenance, but made much easier with a tractor!

    We are having a wet 10 days here — after 6 weeks with no rain at all. We’re still below the annual average, but perhaps will avoid drought this year.

  4. Actually the trees need on maintenance at all unless, as many do, you would have them in a yard in town and even then you can keep them small or let them grow into a larger tree. Actually they drop seeds and the little ones sprout up under other trees. This one I had moved out where it was more in the open, as I do with others but most are understory. What I was cutting was the indian blanket seed pods under the tree with my brush hog on my tractor. If I leave them there they look bad when they dry and become a fire hazard… The redbud seeds look like bean pods and break open to spread the seeds.

    From the looks of the young plants coming up all over my place, I am going to have a have a nice growth of flowers this year. I also have about 12 kinds of Milk weed and many other flowers and bushes, so the pasture will be very nice. Those rocks are some I stacked for looks but the stack fell so I just let the cactus agave and sotol take over.


    • The indian blanket is pretty too — again, somewhat different from what we see here, although we do have many daisy-like flowers. It is good that you pick up the seed pods rather than letting them dry and become fire hazard! It is almost time here for the fire department to come around and mandate cleanup to prevent fires. If you are given guidance and don’t complete the project, the FD will do it for you and charge you for that!

      There’s been a lot of rain in your area this year — a good predictor for lots of flowers. I will miss going to the desert this year, but had too much on my plate to get there to see the flowers — they must be just about ready to bloom now, as soon as this week’s rain finishes.

      Sorry to hear you hurt your hand when you fell — I hope that heals quickly! We’re looking at “self isolation” here — what an odd feeling at this point in life!

      • I remember safflower growing along the Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Valley. It became so popular that the harvested seeds being brought to marked grew along the roads and while a bit invasive, was unusual.

        At that time Safflower oil was being pushed as a substitute for corn oil etc.

  5. I think “freeway daisies” have pretty much replaced safflower along the freeways, though not in the fields. Agriculture seems to go in fads in the CA Central Valley — as I was growing up, CA was the largest cotton producer in the country, and cotton was our largest crop. And now, carrots seem to be the current fad, even though they take more water than a lot of other crops. In So Cal, there are a lot of market vegetables grown, along with strawberries!

    What an odd time we are living through right now. Along with many other states, seniors (over 65) are asked to stay at home without contact with people outside the family. Stores are bare of everyday supplies, and obtaining food will become problematic for millions of seniors. Somehow, even in a highly populated suburban area, it feels a little like a ghost town! And I’m not even sure I’m allowed to go for a walk on the beach by myself! You are fortunate to have the acreage you have — I hope your supply chain is good.

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