by Cheryl Brooks
I went out with my camera on Easter Sunday to take a few pictures of one of the prettiest displays of flowering trees in my back yard in recent years.
In the foreground is a tulip magnolia, which is a purple,
later-blooming variety than the pink ones that get really big, but also
tend to get blasted by a late freeze. On the right is my only surviving
nectarine tree. No matter how much I spray it, the fruit always rots,
but the blossoms are gorgeous!
I picked a few flowers for the table for our Easter dinner and took a
picture of them before bringing them inside.
This next picture represents my 2016 springtime success story. For the past two years,
the weeping cherry that I planted about 25 years ago has been suffering from a fungal infection that causes brown spots
on the leaves in late summer, after which the leaves turn yellow and fall prematurely. Needless to say, when springtime rolled around, I hardly saw any blooms at all. Summer
before last, I decided to take action. Since tree surgeons wouldn't come to
my house (yeah, I live out in the middle of nowhere), I tried
spraying, which didn't help a bit. Then last summer, I used a rose
fertilizer that contained a systemic fungicide. While I wouldn't use it
on anything that actually bears fruit, this weeping cherry is purely
ornamental, so I figured I would be safe using it. I sprinkled the
granules along the drip line twice last summer, and this spring, the tree surpassed all
expectations. You can bet I'll be doing the same thing again this year!
My son and his girlfriend came down for the weekend, and they wanted to dye Easter eggs. I boiled the eggs and they took over from there. Using concentrated dye and toothpicks, they created some designs that were almost too pretty to eat!
On Monday morning, my UPS man delivered this wonderful box of goodies. If anything could beat flowers and Easter eggs, this would be it! I've been waiting for these even longer than I've been waiting on spring!
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