Beau prefers French. I do not know why. He was born in Missouri. His name is derived from ‘Hobo’ (‘HoBeau’). Since vehicles here are traditionally named after places, he may believe that his name was derived from ‘Boulder Creek’ (‘Beaulder Creek’) or Bonny Doon (‘Beaunny Doon’). Nonetheless, there is nothing French about Beau. I do not argue. Nor do I argue with Rhody if he insists that Beau is a Pontiac rather than a Chevrolet. If he believes that we ride in that kind of style, it is just fine with me. Anyway, after last Saturday, some wanted to see Beau.

1. Two years after we intended to remove this pair of historic flowering cherry tree, they get to bloom one last time. Sadly, their demise can be delayed no longer. Their trunks are too rotten.

2. Three similar flowering cherry trees down the road have been recovering from foliar disease during the same two years. They are neither as pretty nor as distinguished, but have potential.

3. Adjacent to #2, this most garish flowering cherry tree is the most prominent. Unfortunately, like #1, it is deteriorating, so will also be removed after bloom. Half of the canopy is necrotic.

4. This one should succumb instead. To me, weeping flowering cherries look weird. This one was in bad condition when I met it. Unfortunately, my efforts to renovate it have been effective.

5. Oh, my favorite. The flowers are double, but not as fluffy as those of #3. It really is as white as it looks, without any blush. The tree is disfigured and shaded by redwoods, but blooms well.

6. Beau was the unseen star of my previous Six on Saturday. He is neither French nor related to ‘the’ Beau of the Frustrated Gardener, but is pretty cool anyway, and drives on the right side.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Festival des Fleurs de Cerise

    1. It is saddening that they must be removed. However, they have been blooming spectacularly for longer than they should have been expected to. They did their job splendidly for many decades. I will cut them down myself to be certain that they get the final respect that they deserve.

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    1. Yes, Beau is rad. Old cars like him make it difficult to purchase a modern car. I never paid money for a car before, so now that I must, there is nothing available that I want to actually spend money on. They are all so mundane and unappealing, . . . and expensive.

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    1. #3 is the most popular for photographs. It is the fluffiest and most colorful (rich pink), and also closer to the ground.
      Rhody was omitted because there were too many other pictures. Besides, it is not easy to get a good picture of him if he sees me with the camera first.

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  1. Sad about the cherry. That first pic is gorgeous. I have a couple Prunus virginiana and the neighbor has a Yoshino cherry right along the fence, I am reluctant to plant any other Prunus because of their susceptibility to disease.

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    1. The two historic flowering cherries of the first picture will be replaced with a pair of the same. Otherwise, we will add no more flowering cherries. There is more than enough spring bloom here. We want more summer bloom for when most of the guests are here. For my own garden, I prefer fruiting cherries. After all, I am a native of the Santa Clara Valley.

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    1. Well, working with landscapes that are not mine has both advantages and disadvantages. I get to work with things that I do not want in my own garden, but must also tend to things that I would prefer to do without. There is no need to cut down the weeping cherry while it continues to perform adequately, and seems to be improving!

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    1. Flowering cherries are easier to work with and groom than the flowering crabapples, although flowering crabapples last longer and are not as susceptible to disease. I still prefer fruiting cherries, even if they are not ‘quite’ as pretty. I really like our flowering cherries because they are so much happier than they are in the Santa Clara Valley. They are popular in Japantown in San Jose, and happen to be quite happy there, but they probably get groomed and maintained very well. I do not believe that the double flowered or weeping flowering cherries pictured here are ‘Yoshino’ types, but the single flowered sort should be. We do not know what cultivars they are. (I still think of ‘Yoshino’ as a single cultivar, rather than a type. Information about it or them is surprisingly scarce. ‘Yoshino’ is also the middle name of my brother in law and my nephew.)
      Beau sure is popular this week, just like Rhody is when one of his pictures gets featured.

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  2. Such a variety of cherries, though it is always a bit sad to think about cutting down trees. I like the idea of giving them a final season of tempered glory before they meet their fate. Beau appears a trusty and essential companion for any gardener who routinely totes pruned branches, bags of soil amendments, etc. As the owner of a diminutive hatchback, I envy the space and lack of worry about soiling the upholstery.

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    1. As unpleasant as cutting the cherry trees down is, it is gratifying to know that they bloomed so spectacularly for so long! They are quite elderly.
      Beau is actually not the vehicle that I use for work. He was left here by someone who relocated to Idaho, and has not gone onto his next assignment yet. He had been used for moving trash, and will now go to moving firewood. Until then, I can use his help in San Jose. I never selected a car before, and now that I must, there are no modern cars that I actually want to waste money on. I would not mind if Beau stays.

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