Monday, March 12, 2012

And the Sarvis . . .


The tender hues of new lilac leaves. . .

  Weeping willow's yellow-green

Pure white, rising from yellow . . .

Purple beads, poised to explode into fragrant lilac blooms . . .
 
A daffodil's rosy trumpet. . .
 
And the Sarvis, blooming on the mountainside.  Amelanchier, also known as Service Berry, Shad Blow,  or June Berry.

  Jim, over at Cumberland Vistas, explains how the early blooming tree got the name Service (pronounced Sarvis) Berry. 
 
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13 comments:

Ms. A said...

I always love your photos, but I really LOVE that weeping willow!

Martin said...

These buds reflect the tension of an early awaited Spring. Nicely captured, Vicki.

Jules said...

How beautiful all the wonderful new life.

Brian Miller said...

hmmm interesting...will chase the link to hear a bit more...lovely shots vicki

Star said...

The daffodil pics caught my eye. Love the white rising from yellow.
Your lilac is further on than mine, although I did see green in the buds this morning. Everything is poised over here, waiting for the sun!

JudyB said...

Beautiful photos as always. They're making me homesick. I remember walking through the woods with my Dad when the sarvis was in bloom.

Jill said...

Beautiful photos!

Brenda said...

I sure did enjoy this post. As I just told Jim (I think his blog is Wayfarin' Stranger?), I admire this shrub every spring when it's blooms announce that winter is ending - but I've been mistakenly calling it "Witch Hazel." I had a feeling that wasn't right, but never knew what it was really called. Finally, after many years... mystery solved! Gee, I learn so much on your blog. I remember I learned about winter jasmine here last year. Jim's post was great, the history of "Sarvis." So, that's really what it's usually called, the mispronunciation of Service? Or rather, the local dialect version of Service? Interesting...

Brenda said...

I can't stand it when people use apostrophes incorrectly, and I think I just did... it's should have been its I think.

Darla said...

Loved all these spring photos. I don't think I've ever seen a Sarvis -- how glorious it is. And doesn't it just tickle you how the "purple beads" of the lilac become those amazing blossoms?

Frances said...

Vicki, a bit later on in this very speedy springtime, Central Park's Lilac Walk will bloom, just north of the Sheep's Meadow. I promise a post to show you all the lilac splendor.

I cannot believe that your NC lilac are already signally showtime.

Best wishes.

Victoria said...

Looks like Spring is well underway at your place!

Thérèse said...

Never saw a daffodil's rosy trumpet before...