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Redbud Tree Flowering Above Greenbrier Vine Tangle 7468

Feast your eyes on this blossoming redbud tree, Cercis canadensis, rising sunnily above a tangle of greenbrier vines, Smilax bona-nox, on the afternoon of February 13. The location was a margin of land between a driveway that runs behind the stores in a shopping center, and a construction site that happens to be on the property where I’ve often mentioned having taken pictures while I still could. So here’s an unexpected and literal fringe benefit from that now-being-built-on site.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 17, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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  1. Yayyyyyy, Spring 🙂

    photosfromtheloonybin

    February 17, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    • Now that’s an awful lot of y’s
      To place before a person’s eyes,
      But I’ll accept your offering
      As a good way to welcome spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

  2. If you have blooming redbud, we surely have blooming redbud. I need to get out and about and take a look.
    I like the way the redbud appears to have forced its way through that tangle of vines, as though it were determined to be admired.

    shoreacres

    February 17, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    • And I was determined to be its admirer, recording views from this angle and that, kneeling and standing. I particularly liked this one, which plays the tree off against the tangle of vines, something I hadn’t seen before.

      And yes, if the redbuds are coming out here, I don’t see how they couldn’t be doing the same near the coast, where your weather is usually even a bit warmer than ours.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

  3. Steve, we are still awaiting this event here.

    In the meantime the daffodils are blooming with abandon. They are a precursor of what is yet to come! My three little Redbud sticks grew two feet last year. I hope they will put on a little show for me when spring finally arrives here!

    Lynda

    February 17, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    • I hope you won’t have long to wait, Lynda, but I know you’re in a cooler climate than we are here. As for a precursor, better that than a pre-curser. Good luck with your redbuds: let’s hope they realize they’re trees and act accordingly.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 8:40 AM

  4. My goodness, Poor tree. It is barely winning here and is this its last stand of glory before it is given the ax?

    petspeopleandlife

    February 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    • Because of its position in “no man’s land” between what will eventually be two sets of buildings and pavements, I’m hoping it’ll be left alone, but I don’t know. It will become clear soon enough.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

  5. Dear Mother Nature, I’m ready for your renewal of the landscape.

    lensandpensbysally

    February 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    • That’s why so many “snowbirds” spend the winter in southern Texas. February is a great time for Northerners to be temporary Southerners.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

  6. It’s coming……and soon! Redbuds are such pretty blooming trees.

    SmallHouseBigGarden

    February 17, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    • Yes, they are, and they’re blossoming all over Austin now. They’re native here, but many people plant them as well just to see views like this in the spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

  7. Three or four weeks before redbuds bloom here in the Ozarks, Thanks for sharing Austin’s blooms.

    Marvin Smith

    February 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    • You’re welcome. Some years ago we drove from Austin to Iowa in May. Redbud blosssoms were long gone in Austin by then, but as we got farther and farther north, we began to recover more and more of them, with the maximum being in Missouri.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  8. What a beautiful color for spring!

    montucky

    February 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    • That’s just how I felt. I was enchanted with the contrast between the blossoms and the clear sky.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM

  9. […] ghosts still remain from last year. On the same February 13th outing that took me past a couple of blossoming redbud trees, I later walked behind Seton Northwest Hospital and saw this dense thicket of stalks from a […]

  10. […] recently got a look at a redbud tree, Cercis canadensis, that was doing a good job of blossoming on February 13. Two days later, across […]


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