April 25th, 2013 by Celia

April Apple Blossoms

apple-blossoms4The apples, plums and cherry trees are blooming in full force here in Portland. Their delicate milky-white petals and gold-dipped anthers are almost angelic. Apples are in the Rosaceae family; the rose family. Rose family plants all have five sepals and five petals. Can you see the rose-like appearance of these flowers? The roses that have been bread to be showy have more than five petals, obviously; but if you were to count them you would find they occur in multiples of fives.

These blooms came from a tree on 30th and Alder SE, but there are trees all over the place. Some are tinged pink, especially the unopened buds.

 

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And just when you thought things couldn’t be more fairy-like…

I added a few springs of the tiny Forget-me-nots. How could you forget this beautiful little flower? If you have seen a shaded stream bank lined with these blue flowered plants, you will not forget it.

There are a handful of these plants growing in the gardens outside my door. If they were more plentiful I’d line cup after cup of them to adorn my home. Instead I just bend over and look into their yellow center as I walk to and from.

 

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