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May 14, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Crabapple Blossoms – The Last Stand

White Candle

'White Candle'

This is the last set of photos from my visits to the Longenecker Horticultural Garden which features more than a hundred crabapples. Rain and wind from wickedly loud thunderstorm last night did in the last few I wanted to shoot. There’s always next year.

Aren’t they a pretty sight? I’m so much better, now that I have finally gotten the snow and cold out of my system!

Cardinals Robe

'Cardinal's Robe'

Sugar Tyme

'Sugar Tyme'

Park Centre

'Park Centre'

Indian Summer

'Indian Summer'


  1. Robin / May 14 2009 10:07 am

    The Last Stand? lol! Great title.

    I never realized there were so many varieties of crabapples. I’m always learning something when I come to visit your blog, Bo.

    Very pretty shots.

    • Bo / May 14 2009 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Robin. Once in awhile I try to share some of the beauty I see around me, try not to take it for granted.

  2. montucky / May 14 2009 10:10 am

    I love the variety too! They are so pretty, I would never get tired of them (or photographing them).

    • Bo / May 14 2009 12:33 pm

      And there were more than a hundred to photograph, Terry. I only was able to shoot about 15 of them before I lost the light. I was hoping to return, but we had a huge thunderstorm last night, so not sure what shape they’ll be in.

  3. Marcie / May 14 2009 11:12 am

    Such beautiful blossoms..and such an education on the different species. Who’d have ever thought?!?!?

    • Bo / May 14 2009 12:45 pm

      They are all have differences and similarities. I had hoped to match a photo of the entire tree with the flowers–some trees are upright, some bushy, some drooping–but collecting the info and keeping them straight got a bit out of hand. And I didn’t want to post incorrect info. Maybe next year!

  4. burstmode / May 14 2009 12:26 pm

    I don’t know crabapples, not quite sure what they are but I especially like the first photo.

    • Bo / May 14 2009 12:31 pm

      Lovely trees, on the small side, which give a profusion of white or pink blossoms in the spring, no fruit to speak of, though birds find them attractive enough. They tolerate cold winters, and thrive in the climate of Wisconsin and other states with similar weather.

  5. oneshotbeyond / May 14 2009 12:55 pm

    I think I have some of these in my yard too…great shots, good variety!

  6. kcjewel / May 14 2009 7:49 pm

    you must have a beautiful spring garden… the crabapples are lovely!

    • Bo / May 15 2009 6:43 pm

      I wish they were all in my very own garden. These are from the University’s Arboretum–so it belongs to me and the rest of the people in Wisconsin!

  7. Bernie Kasper / May 14 2009 9:51 pm

    Beautiful images Bo, I love all the different varieties , great shots !!

  8. quinncreative / May 14 2009 11:08 pm

    These are amazing shots, as if they were in high definition. The colors are so rich and subtle–amazing.

  9. Gandalf / May 20 2009 8:07 am

    Beatuful photos

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