You see this bush behind me? Well, I told my person she wasn’t allowed to post any pictures of it unless she found out what it was.
I figured I was safe. I knew she didn’t know the name of this bush and I figured she’d never find out. Unless she went out of her way to find a plant specialist to tell her, that is.
But I was wrong. That’s a really hard thing to be. After all, I’m Bongo – and Bongo is never wrong.
Except for this time.
My person got on the internet and looked at all kinds of plant pictures until she found it. The Sugar Sumac. That’s what it’s called. And now I have to let her post all her pictures.
We’ve been watching these bushes for a long time.
Way last winter they got these little pink buds all over them.
But if you don’t believe these were like this way last winter I can prove it.
When the weather started getting warmer all the color faded out of those buds. We figured we’d seen the end of them.
But then something extraordinary happened.
Well, maybe not so extraordinary but I wanted this to sound dramatic.
Okay person, you got your way. Can you put the camera away now?
April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am
Really? From berries to flowers? Usually it’s the other way around. Really cool!
April 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Rumpy, I can’t wait to see what those bushes get after the flowers are gone.
April 27, 2013 at 11:01 am
Sugar Sumac?!!! What a name …reminded me of Yma Sumac! Your person has taken really nice shots. It’s very interesting seeing it through the seasons.
PS I know you are never wrong Bongo, don’t worry!
April 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Thanks Marina. I’m glad you’ve got so much faith in me. Oh, and my person says thanks for the compliment on her photos.
April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am
What a nice seasonal presentation you’ve allowed your person to share – the flowers from the buds are very pretty. Thanks, Bongo – and kudos to your person for being persistent about finding what kind of bush it is!
April 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Thanks Roberta. My person must have thought it was a dare when I said she’d never find out what those bushes are called.
April 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Lovely bush, but I hope they still smell like sugar, Bongo 😉
April 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Little Binky, they don’t have much smell at all – except when one of my friends leaves a message on one of them.
April 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm
A good looking bush no matter the season…sort of like you Bongo. Except you’re a dog not a bush, of course.
April 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm
Thanks Patricia. You’re so sweet.
Misty Shores Chesapeakes
April 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Very interesting and beautiful bush!
April 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Thanks Misty Shores. We have some pretty cool plants on my trails.
April 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm
Pretty little shrub – sugary sweet like you? 🙂
April 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Thanks BZ. You’re sweet too.
April 28, 2013 at 5:08 am
This bush is really mysterious: first berries, then flowers – what comes next? Buds? 🙂
Is it really the case that you can make a drink from those berries?
I think that you should allow your person to make photos of the plants on your trails – provided, she takes the same amount of pics about you!
April 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Kolytyi, my person keeps trying to make me cooperate with the camera, but she forgets to bring any treats along. I like the noise the camera makes though. I always try to go after it so when my person clicks she gets a big nose for a picture.
April 28, 2013 at 6:08 am
It is extraordinary, B. I don’t know how those berries stayed alive in the snow. I barely stayed alive in the snow!
Love and licks,
April 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Cupcake, I’m not sure how those berries did it either. They were hanging around all winter long. Maybe when I wasn’t looking they were having fun playing in the snow. That’s what I like to do.
Chancy and his cats
April 28, 2013 at 6:48 am
You wrong sweet Bongo? Are you sure you just didn’t want her to go searching to find out what the pretty bush was? We have never seen anything like it and your person sure got some really nice pictures of it. Hugs and nose kisses
April 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Chancy, I really was tricking my person into finding out what that bush is. But I can’t let her know that. She feels better if she thinks she got one over on me. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.
April 28, 2013 at 7:26 am
Bongo of COURSE you are never wrong! 🙂 Love those photos…see Ma learned somethin’ new today! Thanks!
April 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm
Thanks Max. Sometimes I have to let my person think I’m wrong so she feels better about herself.
April 28, 2013 at 7:34 am
Wow! The name sounds very interesting, I wonder why it’s called “Sugar” though…
This Sugar Sumac looks pretty fragile but she is very tough to survive through winter snow! 🙂
April 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Kevin, you got me interested so I sent my person to the internet to find out why it’s called “Sugar.” Apparently the fruit is sweet and was used by Native Americans as a sweetener. Most of the plants around here are pretty tough. They have to be to survive the hot summers, fairly cold winters, and seasons with very little rain.
April 29, 2013 at 7:52 am
Oh! That’s why it’s called “Sugar Sumac” Bongo, please tell ” Thank you very much for finding the origin of the name” to your person for me! 🙂
April 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Kevin, I’ll pass your thanks to my person for you.
April 29, 2013 at 1:02 am
That’s really pretty and I love the name!!
April 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Thanks Dalton. Those bushes brighten up my trails.
April 29, 2013 at 6:51 am
I have so missed you Bongo. I googled your name and found it so I have pressed the follow button…so great to be back in touch again with my old friends
April 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm
So glad you found me again Patrecia. My person has been so busy lately that she hasn’t let me read my friend’s blogs much – even the ones I follow, like yours. She says she thinks she might be not so busy soon. I checked out your new blog today and left a comment so you’d know.