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malus an apple by any other name...

Pink petals litter the grass underneath the flowering crab apple trees at Murdoch Park in Bridgeland.

They've fallen here from the thousands of blossoms on the trees that line the bike path at the site of the old General Hospital, the brightness of their magenta contrasting with the soft green of the new grass.

The name malus comes from the Latin word for apple. Truth to tell, though, I actually thought these were cherry trees. The colour, I guess.

But I figured out my mistake as I was crawling around and squishing last year's somewhat pungent leftover fruit under my knees. Yep, apples.

Malus, not prunus.

They weren't the only flowers there, of course.

It's pretty much impossible to find any patch of ground that isn't studded with the bright, yellow faces of dandelions.

Weeds? Yep, they are. But they are so ubiquitous, so bright, so, I dunno, lovely, that it's hard to imagine springtime without them.

And pretty blue clematis climbing a nearby trellis.

But I was there for the crab apples, the malvus. Cousins to the Red Delicious, the Honeycrisp, the McIntosh, the Granny Smith - even cousin to our own wild roses - these ones at Murdoch Park were bred to have beautiful blossoms.

And right now, they're in their glory.

Making it even more pleasant to take a walk in the park.

MALUS

MIKE DREW ON THE ROAD

A LITTLE EXTRA

MAY 21. 2017

PHOTOGRAPHED WITH THE CANON EOS M5.

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