Mystery Bush

27 Apr

Bongo by a bushYou 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.

Sugar sumac in bud

But if you don’t believe these were like this way last winter I can prove it.

Sugar sumac with buds and snow

When the weather started getting warmer all the color faded out of those buds. We figured we’d seen the end of them.

Sugar sumac with buds that turned white

But then something extraordinary happened.

Well, maybe not so extraordinary but I wanted this to sound dramatic.

Sugar sumac blossom

Sugar sumac bush in bloom

Okay person, you got your way. Can you put the camera away now?

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Posted by on April 27, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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30 responses to “Mystery Bush

  1. rumpydog

    April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Really? From berries to flowers? Usually it’s the other way around. Really cool!

    • Bongo

      April 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Rumpy, I can’t wait to see what those bushes get after the flowers are gone.

  2. marina kanavaki

    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!

    • Bongo

      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.

  3. Roberta

    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!

    • Bongo

      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.

  4. angelswhisper2011

    April 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Lovely bush, but I hope they still smell like sugar, Bongo 😉

    • 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.

  5. Patricia

    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.

    • Bongo

      April 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Patricia. You’re so sweet.

  6. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    April 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Very interesting and beautiful bush!

    • Bongo

      April 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Misty Shores. We have some pretty cool plants on my trails.

  7. BZ Dogs

    April 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Pretty little shrub – sugary sweet like you? 🙂

    • Bongo

      April 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks BZ. You’re sweet too.

  8. kolytyi

    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!

    • Bongo

      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.

  9. Genevieve Petrillo

    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,

    • Bongo

      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.

  10. 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

    • Bongo

      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!

    • Bongo

      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.

  12. eripanwkevin

    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! 🙂

    • Bongo

      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.

      • eripanwkevin

        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! 🙂

      • Bongo

        April 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        Kevin, I’ll pass your thanks to my person for you.

  13. Dalton

    April 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

    That’s really pretty and I love the name!!

    • Bongo

      April 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Dalton. Those bushes brighten up my trails.

  14. misswhiplash

    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

    • Bongo

      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.


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