Thursday, May 10, 2007
Pink Flowering Almond
Pink Flowering Almond
Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena'
This is probably the weakest growing shrub I know of. Each year it gets hit with some sort of infection that makes it look hideous. Sometimes it is toast as early as June 15th. When it is on it is beautiful and this year it is on. It might have helped that a couple of years ago I cut it back hard, with kind of a live or die attitude, and it threw out some new stems. This year I have treated it Bayer All-in-One Flower Care to see if that helps. I don’t mean to disparage this plant but it needs kind of an out of the way place that it can fade into after blooming. It never has covered up the air conditioner it was supposed to and I do wish I had planted it elsewhere but now that it is out in bloom (probably the heaviest bloom I have seen on it in 15 years) all is forgiven.
Princess Haiku, who has a cool blog, tagged me to write 5 reasons ‘Why I blog’. I am not sure where to link this to so maybe she will be along to help. It was easy to come up with 2-3 reasons and a little harder to come up with the others. It was interesting to me to have to stop and think why I do this. This is what I came up with.
Five reasons ‘Why I Blog’:
1. The money and glamour, silly (just kidding). The number one reason would have to be that I want to gain more knowledge of the Plant Kingdom. I have been working with plants since I was a young boy and I have learned a lot. That knowledge is dwarfed by what I don’t know. Combining digital photography and plant research has been wonderful for me. Writing about the new knowledge has been an excellent way for me to remember things. I read gardening books and magazines and read things on the internet but Blogging has made it a kind of an assignment and forces me to seek out the information on that day, where it might have easy in the past to say, “Oh, I will look that up later”. If it is something that I am writing about that day it is looked up on that day. As funny as the Blogging for money angle sounds I have picked up a couple of gardening jobs and sold some prints.
2. Since I am a gardener I like to do what most gardeners do, share. Weather it is trading a few slips of Daylilies or sharing a favorite cultivar’s name it is all about sharing. It always surprises me that so many people have an interest in plants, flowers and gardening. I love their varying degrees of passion about it. Since I get to grow a lot of plants that a normal person wouldn’t I thought I would share some information on my results. Quite a few posts in my blog are of plants that I am cultivating and I try to add a little about ‘life in the garden’ type of stories without being boring. I know I am living what a lot of people would consider a fantasy life, being in the garden all day, and I try to shed a little light on it. So garden Blogging has allowed me in some ways to go global with my sharing. People come from all over the world and that is fun, and in my own small way try to share what American gardening is and some of the plants that we use.
3. I actually like the structure of having to do something everyday. My quiet moments that I select a picture and look up some information on the plant are worth a lot to me. It is probably something I wouldn’t normally do if I didn’t have a blog.
4. Blogging has gotten me out talking with other bloggers and reading all the fun stuff that they post. I have been growing Crabapple Trees for years but never realized that they were fragrant. I read on a gardening blog that Crabapples were fragrant and sure enough marched up to one the next day to smell it. Gadzooks, it was heavenly! So that is a good example of why I like Blogging.
5. This blog has accomplished one thing for me that has been a truly bright thing. It has me out there shooting trying to get something to share. There have been numerous times since I started this blog that I picked up my camera and said “I would really like to take a couple of pictures to share on the Internet today”. I am conscious of not putting to much pressure on myself about getting a shot. My pictures are much better when I am relaxed and just observing but having a blog has definitely got me out shooting more. The whole idea was to take a picture the day before and use it the next. Obviously I knew I would be dipping into my archives but that is okay too, it allows me to share some of my favorite pictures I have taken over the years.
The flowers on the Flowering Almond start out white and go to pink which gives it a nice two-toned appearance.