Bursting Blossoms and Singing Catbird

eastern red bud
I saw my neighbor and again asked him the name of his tree. “Eastern red bud,” he said. I wrote it down so as not to forget, but I remembered without even looking at my notes.

eastern red bud has purple blossoms in spring
Eastern red bud trees (Cercis canadensis L.) have lovely pinkish purple blossoms in the spring. I photographed these blossoms at the tail end of their existence – they were probably even prettier a week ago.

dogwood flower
The flowers on his dogwood tree are quite handsome as well.

maple with rope for swing
My other neighbor has a swing tied to her maple tree.

bright pink azalea
Just to show that I do have my own shrubs, here is our bright pink azalea.

strawberry leaves and white flowers
Strawberry plants are cropping up all over my backyard. I planted a few about five years back – they seem very happy in our yard. Next month those little greenish yellow spots inside the white flowers will be bright red juicy strawberries.

catbird head
And then I heard a song – I looked up, and I saw a crying catbird.

singing catbird

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