Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Spring Trees

The trees of Spring are so pretty.
Mother loved redbuds
But being careful with a dollar, she would never go out and buy one
No, we would stop and try to dig up a wild one.
After many attempts at digging one up and not succeeding
(they have roots down to China),
my brother and I finally bought her one as a Mother's Day gift

As because Mother loved redbuds, so do I.
In 1972, Jim and I, after all, moved to The Redbud City
Nevada, Missouri!

I love to look out on pretty things as I'm doing dishes so I like plants that I can see from the kitchen window.
I planted a redbud outside my kitchen window of our first house
but we moved before it grew very big

I didn't plant, but it grew, a redbud outside Linderhof's windows.
This from the upstairs window, directly over the kitchen one
It's grown and is a nice specimen.
Some years, I'll cut branches and bring inside.

On the south side of the house, we had a beautiful pink dogwood
Right outside the dining room window

But it was an old, pink dogwood, planted by Ruth I am sure.
By the time we came along it wasn't healthy and came down.
But when we first moved here in April, I loved to see the blooms outside the dining room window

We replaced it, but not in the same spot

It's till a little tree but today it is full of blooms.

I know you should not covet anything, but I do covet
my daughter's crab apple tree
It's an old tree

And a little mis-happen
because there was some street work done and she begged them not to cut the tree down
And they didn't!
But they did end up chopping off some of the branches on the left side.
It's a beautiful tree
And I did covet it.

Three years ago, we were up when the tree bloomed.
I was quite taken aback by it's beauty
And decided that there needed to be one at Linderhof.

I did my homework about pink blooming crab apples and what varieties there are
But I shouldn't have bothered.
Because by the time I got home, did my research and went out here to search
for a tree
there were few left

And this year, it is abloom!

It is the same variety as Sarah's.

The one tree that was left at Wal Mart that year!

It even leans right as does Sarah's tree.
That, believe me is not intentional,
but when you buy the only one left . . . 

And I can see it from the dining room window!

And it brings a smile to my face!

When you plant a tree, you're often planting it for those who come after you.
I'm sure that that is true of this tree.

And I hope they enjoy it as much as I.



Beth Jordan said...

Very nice post! I love your trees. We have a crabapple that looks similar to yours; ours is 'Prairie Wildfire.' Also, our dogwood flowers look like yours (your current dogwood). I'm not sure of the cultivar. Spring is such a beautiful time!

Sandra said...

Love your post! Flowering trees are so beautiful. I love them all. I tried to grow crab apples when we first moved to the country but found the nearly solid rock on our hillside wasn't good for them. A disappointment but a challenge to find what would grow. Enjoy your beautiful spring.

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