... here in New England. It's in the low 50's and rainy today so many of the blossoms are now on the ground rather than on the tree...
(photo of flowering crab apple tree taken from my office window)
... so I'm glad I snapped the following photos over the weekend when most of the blossoms were still intact!
My beautiful vintage Mary statue survived the winter (although she may be a bit chippier than last summer).
She's currently residing under the flowering cherry tree, but I might move her to a different spot in the garden this summer.
You can see one of the hoppa crab trees in full bloom from the living room window.
I gave this guy a serious pruning last year so it would be easier to mow underneath. The branches used to pretty much touch the ground... I suspect several more branches could come off around the bottom, but I shudder at the thought of taking off too much because once they've been taken off, there's no putting them back... So I think I'll leave well enough alone and continue to be a conservative pruner!
From my office desk I look out on the other hoppa crab in our front yard. We didn't know if this poor guy would survive or not as we lost a good portion of the maple tree behind it during a devestating ice storm this past winter. When the large sections of maple tree broke off, they fell onto the crab tree, completely crushing it, but luckily the front portion of the tree survived...
You can see one of the sections where the maple tree snapped toward the top center/right of this photo. The other areas of the maple that snapped off are hidden behind the apple tree. From the street view the apple tree looks fine, but from the side and back, the entire tree is missing. We're grateful that we were left with this much though. These two crab trees were pretty much the first things we planted when we bought our house back in the early 80's, and they weren't much more than big twigs at that point! We brought them home from the garden center in the back seat of a convertible (with the top down), root balls plunked down in the back seat with plenty of room to spare, and look at them now!
The blossoms don't last long, but while they are in bloom they sure put on a beautiful show!
I'd also like to thank Mel from Country In the Town for listing me as one of her top 10 fav's in the "Makes My Heart Smile" award she received... You may all remember Mel from one of my past posts where she allowed me to share the lovely embroidered "envelope pillow" she created!! Please stop by and visit her... you'll be glad you did!!
Hope you are all enjoying the spring wherever you are!