So today’s photograph is brought to you by the budding crab apple tree in our backyard.
Crab apple is actually the general name for all other apples other than the ones found in the store (which are all just a variety of eating apples). All apple trees require cross pollination in order for fruit to be produced. The presence of bees and other pollinating insects are essential for the production of fruit by these trees.
The uses of the crab apple tree are numerous—the fruits are small, and depending on the type of tree planted can range from sweet to sour. I’ve forget which crab apple trees we have planted, but I know that my father is wanting to get enough fruit from them to try to make jam. The wood is also used for grilling, smoking, and cooking—as it burns hot and slow. The tree is also popular for those that bonsai as well.
Well spring is right around the corner and flowers are coming up and opening. Flowers are also opening on bushes, trees, and elsewhere as well. This is one of my favorite times of the year—when things start to green out again. Winter is just a dreary season of sticks, and cold weather. The snow can be pretty for awhile, but then it gets old fast.
So I’ve noticed that there have been several different flowers popping up over the weekend, and that some of the bushes have flowered out as well.
It’s nice this year that the ornamental peach bush has flowered. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and there might be some cute little peaches to pick off the bush towards the end of the summer.
There were even some wildflowers blooming up at the lake this weekend:
Other flowers in the yard include the anemones and daffodils
Hopefully this will be a nice summer and spring with things blooming when they’re suppose to, and maybe–just maybe I can figure out where to put in the flower garden this year.