Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Four Seasons

When we first saw this house, one of the first things that captivated us was the glorious ornamental crab tree on the front lawn, in full bloom.

April 26, 2010
Last spring, Steve gave that tree a good pruning; that summer, there were hardly any flowers. (Sad.) And then hardly any apples in the late summer.

And then winter struck with a vengeance.
December 28, 2011
This year, it had a slow start, and I despaired that Steve's pruning had irrevocably damaged it.

April 15, 2012
But with patience . . .
April 29, 2012 - Buds!
And then, while I was away on a business trip, BOOM!

May 4, 2012 - nothing but flowers!
Seems to me that this tree has more than recovered.

And now, after a scorchingly hot summer, those flowers have borne fruit.
August 8, 2012 - from the same angle (almost) as the top photo.
Wait. Here, let me give you another perspective.
clusters of fruit
Which is very impressive, considering . . .
A good part of the fruit is on the ground, (waiting to spoil and attract insects).
Time to put the young people to work, I think.

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