I've been in a far away land with no internet connection
for several days now, otherwise I would have posted on Saturday as promised.
But, here we go.
I'll start with plants whose photos I already have uploaded, so you may have seen some of these before.1. Crape Myrtle2. Flowering Dogwood3. Magnolia
Name: Crape Myrtle
Knew: Tall, flowering deciduous tree/bush, likes full sun, very pretty
even in the winter (I like the way the bare branches look), spelled
weird, very attractive to Japanese Beetles, produces suckers. I can
identify these year-round because of their distinctive shape, although
I would probably have trouble with overgrown ones, or ones that were
naturally wider or shorter than the ones shown here.
Learned: I didn't know there were dwarf varieties, although I suppose
I've seen small, bushy ones that I assumed were not properly
transplanted or pruned. Genus is named Lagerstroemia
. There is a variety called Sarah's Favorite
, which has very pretty flowers, but is not the tall, narrow vase shape that I like. So I can't say it's my favorite.
Name: Flowering Dogwood
Knew: deciduous tree, four-petaled blooms in spring, prefers some
shade, red berries in the fall, stays relatively small. I can
definitely identify them when they're in flower, or when the berries
are showing; can possibly identify them by the leaf shape, although
that's not a for-sure. Can sometimes identify them in the winter by the
way their branches have a layered look to them.
Recently Learned: there are other kinds of dogwoods, some of which are
bushes and shrubs, and some of which are more known for their berries
than their flowers. There is a blight that is spreading across the US
that affects dogwoods, but it is not yet devastating (and my trees
don't seem to have it yet). The genus name is cornus
, and I think mine (the one in the second picture here) is cornus florida
, but I couldn't say for sure, and I couldn't distinguish between it and any other cornus
, except to say, "Well, that's kinda like my dogwood, but kinda not!"
Knew: Big honkin' tree with distinctive leathery leaves, pretty
flowers. Long-lived evergreen. Interesting seed pods, with red seeds
Recently Learned: Genus name is magnolia
(that should be easy
to remember). I didn't realize that a smaller tree with magnolia-like
flowers actually was
magnolia: it is deciduous and flowers in the spring before the leaves
come out. I think I'd get this confused with a tulip tree, which also
has magnolia-like flowers in the spring, before the leaves come out.
Don't know how I'm going to learn the difference there. And I doubt
I'd recognize that one except when it was in bloom. The big magnolias
I recognize any time.
There. I did three instead of two, just to make up for being late. Am I forgiven?
I'm enjoying reading what all you other members of the challenge are
coming up with!! If you're doing it and I don't yet have your blog up
on the blog roll, let me know? Some of you left comments saying that
you were doing it, but either I couldn't find your blog, or I couldn't
find your first post on the Challenge. Let me know!!