The tree is in a container up on a low wall, it serves as a break from the monotony of white that the fence provides. As I was looking at it I thought, 'great, I will never remember the name of this tree'. I turned the pot a little and discovered that I had never removed the tag.
I took a photo and placed the tag in the pot. This led me to wonder why in all my life I've never photographed the plant and the tag when I first buy it. I have tags strewn all over the house and in the garage with no way of ever locating them when I need to.
The tree is a Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria. J. 'Black Dragon'). We attended a class at Portland Nursery last fall and did a little shopping afterward. It stood out because of it's dark green color and spiky branches. Today was the first time I had seen the cones, which are so tiny I just had to take a picture.
Of course this got me looking a bit closer at all my plants and it was fun to use the macro setting on my camera and get some more close up shots.
I was happy to find my first bulb blossoming. It is a tiny crocus in a pot I'd planted over a year ago. I'd stashed the pot out of the way and didn't remember it still had bulbs.
The biggest surprise to me, is a set of 3 plants I used in containers last year. (Their name is located on one of the tags I mentioned earlier, I have no idea the name or the location of the tag). I had intended to transplant them to my mom's yard last fall, but never got around to it. I figured I would be throwing them out by now, but they are all growing, and the one I left in the hanging basket with coconut husk is now blooming.