I am indebted to the lovely Jane from Jane’s Mudgee Garden for the title of this post. ‘Cauliflorescence’ describes the phenomenon of a flower producing blossoms directly from the tree’s trunk, which is what the Judas Tree is known for.
Do you want to see it?
Here it is closer up. The flowers are pea-like, but if I want to be a bit less botanical, I can’t help seeing a kitsch sort of bunny-head with two ears and open mouth.
The apple is also looking splendid.
The pear blossom was all too fleeting, but the cherries are still dazzling.
And here is the crab-apple, with its working title of Malus ‘Royalty’:
Here’s the walnut, with its ever-elongating pineapples:
And, new for this week, Tilia x europaea (lime) and Acer drummondii, their new leaves looking all vulnerable and translucent, like a newborn baby’s fingernails:
Which is your favourite? Does the Judas Tree do it for you? Or is there another spring-flowering beauty that you prefer? Do you have any opinions on whether my Malus is ‘Royalty’ or an interloper? Do you have a favourite botanical term to rival ‘cauliflorescence’?
If you want to catch up, here are the last three weeks’ posts on tree buds, here they are, going back in time: The Ugly Duckling Becomes a Beautiful Swan, The Dawn Chorus and Bursting Buds and Early Birds. I think next week will complete the series. I’m hoping the quince and lilacs will be in flower for then. Stay tuned to see just how ponderous those walnut flowers get! I know how to end on a cliff-hanger, don’t I?