The first four of my Six on Saturday are somewhat dated since they are not really from last week. It did not seem right to simply waste them. Actually, my pictures for the next two Saturdays were taken yesterday, so will also be more than a week old when they post. Perhaps I should not mention such violations. What is more important is the sixth picture here and now. It is not of particularly good quality, but it is what everyone really wants to see.

1. Laurustinus never got my attention before I noticed others sharing pictures of it. Still, I do not quite understand the allure. It is somewhat naturalized here. This one is whiter than others.

2. Fake lilac fails to impress those of us who know what real common lilac is. This runty little scrub is a trip hazard that happens to smell pretty. Its fragrance makes me crave common lilac.

3. This is the first bald cypress that I ever got to work with, after meeting the species for the first time in Oklahoma in the autumn of 2012. Sadly, this is its last picture before it got cut down.

4. ‘In A Vase On Monday’ (IAVOM) is a meme that I almost participated in for the first time three weeks ago or so. I just could not get a good picture. There is quite a bit to write about here.

5. What must I say about this one? I encounter all sorts of weird situations at work. Part of this black cherry tree is getting milled. Part of it is firewood. The process was rather ‘complicated’.

6. Rhody says the first three pictures are mundane, the fourth is too dark, and the fifth is just VERY weird. The sixth picture could have been the best, if only Rhody would have cooperated.

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


28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Rhody Walks Away

    1. ‘Fake’ lilac is one of those modern cultivars that stays annoyingly compact. If I want something that stays so compact, I would have planted something that ‘should’ be compact. (Obviously, I did not select this cultivar of lilac.) Lilac should be big and rampant, with big garish trusses of overly fragrant bloom!
      #5 is . . . unique. I suppose I should have been too embarrassed by it to share it. I could have done without #6, but it is expected by his fans.

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  1. That black cherry hovering above the lines is remarkable. Figuring out how to deal with that one must have required a minute or two. It doesn’t take any time at all for Rhody to evoke a smile. I’ve never seen your ‘fake’ lilac. Down here in Texas, anyone who mentions fake lilacs usually is taking about Crape Myrtle. That’s desperation.

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    1. The black cherry was not hovering over the cables. It was laying on them! It was supposed to get tugged away from them. Fortunately, it did not fall far enough to gain enough momentum to damage the cables. I believe that the piece in the picture, as well as the rotten base of the tree, got cut up for firewood. I am pleased that the main trunk is getting milled into lumber, along with the bald cypress, a bigleaf maple and other trees that need to get cut down.
      The lilac is one of those modern cultivars that stays very compact. Lilacs should not be so compact. They should be big and weedy! No one knows where this lilac came from. It was in the ‘recovery’ nursery, and needed a home, so landed in one of our landscapes. There really is nothing wrong with it. I am just none too keen on it. California lilac or wild lilac refers to the various native ceanothus. Crape myrtle is another species that I dislike because it is so overused elsewhere. There had been only one here, but several will be added this year. Actually though, they will be an asset to the landscape, and will bloom for summer while most of the guests are here.


    1. Well, after Rhody, the rest are not really worth bothering with. I really should just get six pictures of Rhody. Unfortunately, getting just one is difficult.
      I could have written an entire post about the flowers. To be brief, they did not come from the landscapes, but from the debris that has been getting dumped off the edge here for decades. (Hey, that sounds familiar.) The calla blooms whenever it wants to. I have no idea why the daffodil blooms so late. Although you can not see it, the Steven Michael Ralls Memorial tree is in the vegetation in the background. The hills in the distant background to the left were partially burned by the CZU Fire last summer. Well, so much for keeping this brief.

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    1. I see what others post at IAVOM, and would like to show off some of the flowers that I work with. However, I do not even have time to write for my own blog anymore.


    1. Yes, Viburnum tinus. It is naturalized to some degree here, and is useful as an informal hedge in places. However, I do not understand the allure. The foliage is quite plain, and the bloom is not much better. Most of it is blushed with pink. The specimen that I got a picture of seems to be more white, but since I got the picture, others seem to be more white too.

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    1. Guest who will be arriving this summer will not be eating in the big dining rooms, so will instead eat in shifts, outside where there is more space. The area where the bald cypress was is now paved with decomposed granite to accommodate picnic tables and serving stations.


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