I went on a miniature adventure today...
...from my job to my car in the parking lot.
It was delightful. Really, I'm not being sarcastic.
You see, I've been trying to figure out what kind of trees reside in our parking lot for a few weeks now.
They've had these teeny tiny little buds starting to grow out of the tips of the branches, and I started asking around work if anyone knew what kind of trees they are.
Today, they went full bloom. Gorgeous, tiny little white flowers, opening their little faces towards the setting sun, greeted me as I walked from my work to the car. I couldn't resist taking photographs of them. They are beautiful!
There was still a problem though. I still didn't know the type of trees these little, cute flowers were stemming from. I took a photograph of the flowers with my iPhone and sent them to my family's group chat:
Aunt Joan: "They look like orange blossoms."
Daniel (brother): "Could be something in the apple or pear family of things."
hmm... All good ideas. I omitted orange tree from the endless possibilities, only because of the climate of Colorado and because I would hope people at work would know they were orange trees, if that were, indeed what they were. I did originally think they reminded me of apple blossoms, but, again, I would hope that someone would notice the giant fruit laying around when the time came.
Apple did lead me to the idea of crabapple, though. I spent the next few minutes Googling photographs of all of these fruit blossoms, and then my phone dinged again:
Jaqi (sister): "Cherry!"
"they are cherry blossoms"
Interesting! Cherries! That would even match up to the faint memory I have of small red berry-like things laying on the ground in the parking lot last fall. I started Googling different cherry blossoms, and voila! I figured out what kind of trees they are!
Ladies and gentlemen... I present to you...the Somei Yoshino Cherry Tree!
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