Gardening Photography

Flowering trees


This is my submission for the July “Picture This” photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild. I’m sure my grandmother took this picture of my mom, probably in the early to mid 60s. Adorable, no? The photo was taken in the piney woods of East Texas, and the flowering tree looks like a Mexican plum, Prunus mexicana, though I’m not sure.   Maybe a flowering dogwood?  Understory flowering trees are my favorite; I could fill my whole yard with them.  I particularly love the pinnate-leaved ones, like huisache, acacia, mesquite, and goldenball lead tree.  That filtered shade is just lovely.  And of course my favorite is the Anacacho orchid tree, with its two-lobed leaves and bunches of white flowers.  Right now I am struggling to keep leaves on my little trees.  The weeping cypress and the fig are giving them up fast!


  1. Teresa

    July 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Cool photo. What a great entry! Good luck

  2. healingmagichands

    July 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Your mother looks so young! Probably because she was when the photo was taken. I like this photo. It is family history, garden history, and a nice flowering tree too.

  3. Pam/Digging

    July 23, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Yes, adorable. I see that an interest in plants is in your genes!

  4. Annie in Austin

    July 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful place, beautiful mom – how fun to enter a family history photo, Sue! So Piney woods look like that in Spring? Another part of Texas we’ve not yet seen.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  5. Winners for July’s Picture This Photo Contest

    August 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    […] SUE: “Love that fifties look! And I like how her pose reflects the slender and graceful trees in her midst.” […]

  6. SkaycD

    June 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Having grown up in and around east Texas, I think the tree with the white flowers is not a Mexican plum but a dogwood. East Texas forest offer a wonderful display of dogwood in the spring.


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