Tone Parsons

Of trees and knees and bumble bees

First and foremost, an apology for my lack of posting as of late.

I’ve been feeling like crap. My back is acting up, and my legs and feet are in constant pain. The joys of neuropathy! When it gets bad, I don’t much feel like writing (which saves you from reading a bitch fest!).

But enough about that.

My wife and I saw a tree the other day and are wondering exactly what the hell it is. I think it’s an apple, but it could just as easily be a cherry. It was, however, in full bloom and quite stunning to look at. I took a few pictures, and if the one or two people who read this could help me in figuring out what it is, I’d appreciate it!

The tree in quesion… isn’t it beautiful? A close-up of the flowers Yet another close up.  What is this?

If it’s the kind of tree that doesn’t produce fruit, we’d love to get one or two for our yard. Please tell me what it is!

Other news: My motorcycle is now exactly that…. MY motorcycle! My wife made the final payment on it and we’re expecting to receive the title for it soon. Now… if I could only ride the damn thing! I’d post a picture of it, but all I have is an old photo that doesn’t show the new grips or pipes I put on it. I guess I’ll have to wheel it outside, wash and wax it, and get the camera out.

Ok… so I didn’t post anything about knees or bumble bees, so here’s a couple images I found via google:

Fight on your knees! Bumble bees


5 Comments so far

  1. Dad May 2nd, 2007 7:37 pm

    Looks like a flowering cherry tree, but I sure as hell could be wrong. Might be a flowering crab-apple.

  2. Chas May 3rd, 2007 4:10 pm

    Ornamental Cherry

  3. Tone Parsons May 4th, 2007 8:34 am

    Thanks for the hints!

    After searching through google images, it appears to be a kwanzan ornamental cherry.

    Now that I know what they are, we can pick one or two up for the yard.

  4. Mike S May 4th, 2007 11:06 pm

    Hiya, just got back on-line after nasty virus problems. All fixed & beefed up protection(until something nastier attacks). Wish I were here when you posted that. It’s definitely a Kwanzan which flowers beautifully and is a hardier variety than the Traditional Sakura that grows in central and southern Japan. The Kwanzan is much hardier and will do well in all but the harshest N.A. climates. The ones in D.C. are Sakura and that’s about as far north as they thrive.
    You might also look at Oriental varieties of Plum and Peach trees which do bear fruit, blossom beautifully, and would probably do okay in your weather there.:)

  5. Saki Sue May 10th, 2007 8:00 am

    Maybe a type of hawthorne tree. Just a suggestion.