The image of this intriguing old stump is my contribution to Monochromia this week.  Pop on over if you get a chance and if you didn’t know it already, you’ll learn that I’m a tree hugger (like you didn’t know that already 🙂 ).  As Joe always says, if you love B&W images, you need to check out Monochromia.



Do You Know Bud (Redbud, that is)?


Many of you responded to my previous post about Redbud, scientific name Cercis canadensis, by saying that you were not familiar with the tree.   Commonly called Eastern Redbud, it is a deciduous, often multi-trunked understory tree with a rounded crown and is noted for its stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges.  

The tree is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to Western Texas and Florida( ).  Here in Virginia, we often see it in open meadows, and along roads and rivers.

My blogging pal, Pauline, The Contented Crafter, thought the Redbud looked familiar, and in doing a quick online search, found that in New Zealand they call it The Judas Tree.


Littlesundog, writing from Oklahoma, commented that she loved the beautiful blooms and the heartshaped leaves.

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If you don’t have Redbud in your area, feel free to come visit Southwest Virginia in the spring and I’ll be happy to show you around!


Also seen during a recent visit to the Botanical Garden:

The Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba Speciosa)


Check out my previous two posts for more images from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, here and here.

Road Map

While sitting around the fire on a perfect Friday evening, enjoying alittle of the local flavor in a bottle (I thought you of you, Joe), I caught these photos. I though of Earthstills, too (Hello Weekend!).

I know there isn’t a photo of a lovely beverage, but I sure was enjoying one!

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Bike Trip in Seven Days!