Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Flowering trees bring spring cheer

Due to my ongoing work commitments I feel a bit like a shut-in. Fortunately, the weather has been glorious this past week and two of our trees are in full bloom: a purple cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius) and a Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’).

Standing under them and looking up into their canopy makes me feel cheerful in spite of the nasty cold I’ve been nursing. And as the days go on, their petals begin to cover the driveway, the sidewalk, and the planting beds.

I love these fleeting moments of beauty, precisely because they are so short lived.

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4 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous Gerhard! So looking forward to the flowering of cherry trees here!

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    1. I have to check the UC Davis Arboretum for flowering cherry trees. It's supposed to rain in the next couple of days so the bloom might be even more short-lived than usual.

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  2. Love the spring blooming trees! Your Bradford pear doesn't look much like the ones that grow here -- was yours severely pruned over the years? The ones that grow here have many upward-pointing branches that eventually start splitting when the tree gets large.

    In any case, good to see a post from you. I was thinking you might have been on another of those great road trips and I'd be seeing some amazing travel photos soon. :)

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    1. You might say our Bradford pear tree was severely hacked back over the years, both by the previous owners and by us. It does tend so split; last fall a branch the thickness of my arm broke off just like that.

      No road trip, unfortuntely. Just a tremendous pile of work that I can't seem to get out under from (how's that for a dangling preposition). And a nasty cold that makes things even worse.

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