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I attaching Ulangariver's (Nev) description of another Rebecca Hey painting:

From the Tam O'Neill Fine Arts site:-

Sheet size: 5 1/2 x 8 inches.
1833 London.
DESCRIPTION: Nicely drawn series on English trees. The color is especially noteworthy as it was accomplished entirely by the artist. Wilfred Blunt states, it "recalls the distant leisured, carefree childhoods of our great-grandparents in a happier England, an England when there was no atom bomb, and income tax was a penny in the pound...(from The Art of Botanical Illustration).

And on a most interesting site called Brain Pickings:-

In her illustrated encyclopedia of trees, following one of flowers she had published fifteen years earlier to great popular success, Hey invites the reader to “partake the enthusiasm of the writer towards the whole leafy race,” highlighting thirty-six tree species found in British forests — from the oak, that most English of trees, iconic non-human protagonist of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, to the cedar, a cousin of which is now giving scientists new clues about ecological resilience. Each chapter opens with one of Hey’s handsomely hand-colored engravings of the tree’s leaves at the tip of a branch and closes with one of her original poems celebrating the species. Nestled between is the natural history of the tree, punctuated by thoughtfully chosen quotations from literary classics, both poetry and prose.

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Thanks, Barb! I'll check it out.

Bjresh

Patma, its an app called Picture Bird. I googled 'Picture This app' and got this alongside it.

What's the bird one, Barb?

Bjresh

Thanks, Pat, got the app and one for birds! :)))

Just spent some time this evening looking around my city yard---inspired by Gayle's tree and yard posts and their comment-conversations---appreciating my elms, my one beautiful towering ash near the house (so sad I'll be when it goes; we just confirmed emerald ash borer here last year...as Gayle notes, the tree's probably doomed), my new-ish mountain ash (not doomed!). I was a little less appreciative of the ragged boxelder (known here as Manitoba Maple) that's always threatening but usually not proceeding to collapse onto my car. A squirrel and wildlife favourite, however.
Also finally tried out a new free app on my phone: Plant Snap. You take pictures of plants with it and it identifies them for you. I was sceptical, but tried it tonight with a shrub that volunteered and has flourished in two places in my yard the last few years. Still sceptical, I dismissed its only suggestion at first, but then looked more closely and confirmed with a bit of research...yup! I have to humbly concede that it seems I've got a couple of red elderberries!
Thanks for inciting me to enjoy a lovely evening, Gayle (and all you commenters)!

Bill_I_Am

Ha!

Bjresh

Interesting history on this fruit, Bill. A bit huffy, tho, tends to make you work to enjoy it. :))

Bommom

Bill, common names of plants and trees are funny. Where we grew up, we only knew of this tree as Mountain ash and never heard it called a Rowan tree. In looking further, I see the tree is a species in the Sorbus genus of the rose family. It goes by a bunch of different common names.

Ash trees, as you say, are not related and are in the Fraxinus genus within the olive (Oleaceae) family. Soon there won't be any more ash trees. They are on their way shuffling on out due to the emerald ash borer. It's a lucky thing the Mountain Ash trees aren't ash trees; they're safe.

Hey, Barb, I'm so glad you liked this Hey print. ;-)

Bill_I_Am

I suspect SoCal is too warm for rowans. I sure liked having it in Denver, and it was the first I'd ever seen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan

Bjresh

Hey, another Hey beauty, good artist. Must have been pleasant having one at your home, Bill. So Cal just doesn't grow flowery horticulture easily. I'd like to have her encyclopedia.

Bill_I_Am

There was a beautiful rowan in front of my previous-previous apartment that I grew very fond of over the 9 years I lived there. They are lovely trees and the blossoms in spring have a heavy, kind of sour, almost overpowering scent. The red berries were a welcome sight on the tree through most of the winter, when the robins took delight in eating them and protecting their stash. They are no relation to any kind of ash—that common name is a misnomer.

Thanks, Gayle!

Bommom

Thanks for the brainpickings link, Pat. The prints appear to be lovely.

I thought this looked familiar! I had seen the Brainpickings article earlier this winter, and even ordered a few of the prints available. This was one of them!
Here's a link to the full article, for anyone interested. Lots of other good reproductions too. https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/01/06/sylvan-musings-hey/