Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Bush in Winter

Wordless Wednesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks family historians to create a post in which the main focus is a photograph or image.


Velma Davis and Olive Williams Shenandoah, Virginia
Velma Davis (Woodring)
and good friend Olive Williams
1928

Even without its leaves, the Weeping Mulberry was a favorite spot to pose for pictures.  Crazy!

This is the 10th picture in a series of photos taken with the Weeping Mulberry at my great-grandparents’ home in Shenandoah, Virginia.  

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  1. That weeping mulberry bush is so famous now! Do you know who planted and if it still exists today?

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    1. Since my great-grandfather built the house, he or my great grandmother probably did the planting. My guess is the bushes were planted close to 1928. I have a photo dated 1924 and there's no sign of a bush. Most of the photos with bush and date are from 1928. The most recent one is of my mother when she was in college so that was 1946-48, probably. When my aunt and uncle bought the house in the 60s, the bushes were already gone.

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  2. Crazy!!! That's probably what Velma and Olive were laughing about as they hung on to 'The Bush'. Besides 'The Bush', the clothes, hairdo's, and the house across the street as well as the car...make this a story filled photo. Love It!!!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. The house across the street is where my mom was born the next year.

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    2. I knew it....Another Story!

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  3. :) I think the composition of this photo is kind of cool!

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    1. Every time I look at it, I think Velma and Olive are wearing sweaters with long fringe.

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  4. Wendy, it's come to the point when I expect to see the bush in your Wordless Wednesday photographs. I don't know what I'll do when you run out of photos with the weeping mulberry bush! I think it's really funny how popular it was. I wonder what those girls are conversing about. They certainly look happy.

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    1. Well, Nancy, grab a tissue and prepare to weep.

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  5. I've actually planted a few plants and flowers that were in my grandma's yards for the purpose of reminding me about them. I have some iris that have been divided and shared with me that originally were my Great Grandfathers! I have purchased and planted a bleeding heart and columbine because my Grandmothers in Colorado had them. I have also planted a magnolia tree in honor of my southern ancestors (the magnolia is not happy to be living here I don't think.) If you don't have a mulberry, I think you need one! It is really cool to have so many pictures taken in front of that bush!

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    1. Your great-grandfather's iris -- now THAT is cool! But I can't make myself love a mulberry bush, weeping or otherwise. It's the berries. Birds love them. And you know what birds do.

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    2. Oooooh, good point Wendy. Stick with pictures of the bush, that is the safest.

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  6. Ah! I thought I recognized that bush! See? You have us conditioned!

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    1. This is the end. I'm bushed. Ha Ha. Get it? Bushed? I kill me.

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  7. Here we go round the mulberry bush again!

    That really is a famous bush, or if it wasn't back then, it is now thanks to your blog Wendy. =)

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