Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's Spring again

Spring has returned to Kansas and Bradford Pears are in full bloom. This tree, indigenous to China and Vietnam, is now common in Kansas as an ornamental tree. Because of its hardiness, it grows well in the extremes of Kansas weather.

The old man came across this Bradford Pear in Pawnee Prairie Park in Wichita. The bees are already out, doing their thing. The weather is warm and the old man has forgotten the cold and bitter winter.

But beware, after the bloom, the flower smells like rotting fish.

bee in Bradford Pear

Bradford Pear before the leaves

Bradford Pear open blossum

Bradford Pear, old stem, new flower

Blossums, Bradford Pear

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