Saturday, March 12, 2016

a little Saturday beauty

I ventured outside this morning for the first time in a couple of weeks.
Sickness has been keeping me inside under the blankets and
wow, spring has sprung! I really had not noticed.

I'm still not feeling great but I am making myself 
work this afternoon.
Even if I only tone some canvases.

So after feeding the dogs, I took a short walk out
to the back of the yard and the peach and nectarine
trees are in bloom!
The cherries have the beginning of buds but are still too green.
No sign of anything on the apple trees yet.
And the crabapples trees have green leaves but no blossoms yet.

Here is what I found:

 This is not a fruit tree, as you can see.
I can't remember the name of this bush but it
has tiny little yellow flowers when in full bloom.
I trim it just like a hedge and round it at the top.
These are last year's spent blossoms, but you can see the 
new green growth in the background.

 Okay, this is weird.
This is a nectarine blossom.
WHAT in the heck are those little bean-like things on the bottom?
Is it a bug? A parasite?
Someone help me!

 These blooms are beautiful in contrast to the blue morning sky.

 This one would make a beautiful painting.

 A quadruple bloom!

 Soft and serene.
This tree makes the best little nectarines.
They are not very pretty but are very sweet and tasty.

 Now we move to the peach tree.
These blossoms are a deeper pink.
This poor tree needs pruning badly, 
which I hear is happening next Wednesday.

 Sitting in the crook of the branches, enjoying the sunshine.

Another peach tree in the yard that also could use a prune.

Okay,better get inside, clean up, have some breakfast, and get to work.
Enjoy your Saturday!


  1. I am so glad you are improving!. Your backyard photos are beautiful. I am no gardener but I don't think you should be pruning after the tree has flowered. Whoever can tell you what those scale-like things are should advise you on pruning.

  2. I know, they look like beans! I am feeling better but not 100% yet.
    Hopefuly everything busts out in bloom soon. Are you still painting for the Corrales Starry Night? Is that happening?