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Monday, August 1, 2011

My World: trees, berries, flowers

For years, I've called this "my little red tree" because I forgot its name,
and because it didn't grow very fast or very tall,
but now it is about as tall as I am, which is about five foot four, and...

today Dick and I planted this little fella, a "Red Baron Ninebark"
which is now my little red tree and Whatsitsname is my bigger red tree.


Another Whatsitsname. This is my mystery-berry bush. It might be some kind of cotoneaster, but its fruit is soft and is getting ripe, whereas...

I know this one is a cotoneaster, because I remember its name, and I also looked it up online. Its fruit is hard, and stays hard after ripening to a very dark color.

Blossoms on my "pink potentilla" bush. Most of the potentillas
I've seen since moving to Alberta 10 years ago have yellow
blossoms, so I'm very proud of my peachy-pink one, and...

I'm also proud of my white potentilla flowers!

I hardly have any fruit on my Nanking Cherry bushes
this year, although the fruit I do have is...
larger than usual.
My squash garden is blossoming, but I don't seem to be growing very many actual squashes.

Addendum: Thanks to two commenters, Carola B. and Jinksy, for suggesting my first Whatsitsname is a smoke bush. Jinksy further identified it as a cotinus coggyria Royal Purple, which indeed it is, but its common name"smoke bush" is easier for me to remember. Thanks, both of you!


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23 comments:

Lesley said...

I have started going to the garden centre and taking photos of the labeled trees and bushes because I can never remember what any are called.

Indrani said...

Wow! You have a wide variety. Happy harvest times soon! :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful plants and flowers.

Carola Bartz said...

I think the now-big-red-tree is a smoketree. I have two of those and L-O-V-E them. Don't ask me for the botanical name though...

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely, colorful post for the day! And you do have a beautiful world, Kay! Thanks for sharing it with us today! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Powell River Books said...

Whatsitsname is an interesting red tree and so it the little fella. Very interesting leaves. - Margy

ladyfi said...

Ah - such lovely blooms!

diane b said...

I love it. Someone else who has trouble with names of plants. I reckon you don't have to know their names to appreciate their beauty. I like the leaves on the first red tree and love the red berry whatsaname.

Reader Wil said...

What Leslie does is very wise: to take photos of plants with their names. I think that's what I will do when buying new plants for my garden. At this moment I have a lot of weed outside my garden wall. Are all your berries edible? Anyway they are nice in a flower arrangement.
Have a great day, Kay. Say hello to Dick.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Kay!
An interesting set of plants, great variety indeed, thanks for sharing!
We were out for some days, travelling around.Thanks for your always kind comments and visits, we missed your wonderful posts, it's nice to be here! :)
Hugs and purrs to sweet Lindy!
Léia

eileeninmd said...

Pretty trees, I love trees and bushes that have berries. Are the birds eating the berries? Lovely photos.

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who is good at growing squash blossoms but no squash!

You've got some really pretty shrubs in your yard. I can never remember the names of some of mine either.

Mr Puddy said...

My mom love the pink potentilla, so beautiful flowers : )
Have a lovely day, Kay : )
xoxo

Jinksy said...

I think your top bush may be this:-Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple (Smoke Bush)
I have one in my garden, and its rich, purple red leaves are beautiful...

Ann said...

I am told to grow good big squash, you have to pinch some flowers to let only a few grow.

Do you get bees to pollinate? If not, you may have to help mother nature a bit. Use a cotton bud and touch the flowers.

BTW, are there male and female squash vines ( Just thinking)

Fran said...

Our cotoneaster has orange berries just to confust the issue further! Lovely pictures once again xxx

Mara said...

Eeehhmmm, you have beautiful green plants with berries. (As you may know, I know hardly anything about the natural world. Although I do distinguish between a dandelion and a rose: one is yellow and the other one is... ehm... right, I'll stop)

aka Penelope said...

Ah … the flower in the last photo is so pretty and buttery yellow, Kay. It would be amazing if squash didn’t materialize from such a healthy looking bud. I think these will be out in the fall. :)

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Jinksy, and also Carola B — "Smokebush" does sound familiar. I'm going to look it up. Thanks, both of you!
— K

Carver said...

I love the diversity of trees. They are all lovely and interesting seeing all the different ones.

cieldequimper said...

I just cannot get enough of nature!

Kay said...

I love seeing what's growing around your house.

ksdoolittle said...

You crack me up!! Your trees, shrubs, and flowers are beautiful whether you can remember their names or not! ~karen