Well, we now know for sure what these two trees are, thanks to Annie in Austin (Texas), who very kindly let us know in a comment on this blog yesterday.
Hubby and I were just making our best guess after trying to find some good pictures and information that might help us remember what we planted way back then. We found written information in a file that named 2 redbuds, among other trees, that we had planted approximately 16 years ago, so we just assumed that's what these were. The order listed ten flowering trees from the Arbor Day Foundation. I’m noticing now that 2 flowering crab trees (Malus sargentii) are also included in the list. Hmmm. We didn’t realize that crabapples could have red flowers. We were thinking, since the flowers are red, they must be redbuds. Spring being a very busy time, our research wasn’t very extensive. Next time I’ll be more thorough.
I‘m learning a lot this spring! In previous years I haven’t really taken the time to notice the trees so much. I’m rather clueless as far as knowing their names. Blogging has made me notice so much more this spring and my plant encyclopedia has had lots of use! I will do better with my research in future!
Over the years the rest of the trees we planted back then have succumbed to various fates, including the lawn mower, driven by a teenage son!
So these are RED FLOWERING CRABAPPLES! Sorry about the mistake everyone. Thanks so much Annie for correcting my mistake!! And thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting. I'm always so pleased to have you stop by.