In the same vein as the rest of this week, gardens, I was curious to see photographs of two trees in the front garden for comparison purposes.
The top photo (below) was taken several years ago – obviously when I was taking better care of the outside area, hence the flowers on the deck, etc. But you can see the two trees in both photos below, one probably 6 or 7 years ago (I am just guessing, it could be longer) – (I just checked, it was taken May 31, 2003 so 10 years ago), and the bottom photo taken just the other day in May 2013.
On the left (red arrow) is “Nathaniel” the hawthorne tree that we bought as a small tree and planted ourselves. It is named for my distant cousin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, but it also represents the wonderful miles and miles of hawthorn hedgerows in England that we would see on our visits there. They would make the walls around the fields out of hawthorn trees. They are very thick and hardy and if you cut them back a lot, they make a nice impenetrable hedgerow to keep the animals in and, I imagine, the intruders out.
The ornamental tree on the right (blue arrow), the one that is in full bloom right now, is called “Pal” and is a flowering crabapple – dark red flowers. We planted that tree on the day after our neighbor, who lived behind us, passed away suddenly. He was a gardener and a wonderful guy with miles and miles of wisdom about gardening. All his friends called him “Pal” Gambale, so we named this tree “Pal” in honor or Mr. Gambale.
Top photo showing trees when they were 10 years younger:
And now, 2013, the branches of these two beloved trees are reaching out and almost touching each other. That’s what I want to see – their branches touching each other. So it will make an arch looking out through the front garden to the street. A natural arch.
Another comparison view:
This shows them almost touching even better, taken yesterday:
I was noticing this when I was sitting out in my chair earlier this morning, when the sun was out and I was soaking up some vitamin D. I can’t sit in the sun too long, though, because for some reason, my skin seems allergic to sun and I break out in blisters on my hands and arms if I am in the sun too long. This just started happening late in life, too, and I have no idea why.
Above taken a day later, getting closer and closer! I think we have a real romance budding here!
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So that’s it for now. I’ve just baked a batch of chewy oatmeal-raisin-walnut cookies for Paul and the house smells divine. I have my three CDs of John Rutter music playing on the stereo, and the chorale tunes of Olde English cathedral music is wafting through the house and brightening up every corner. Hallelujah!
(This is turning into one of my all-time favorite songs, by The Milk Carton Kids, “Girls Gather Round.” More about these guys at a later date.)
and another one, “Permanent”
P.S. Paul just did the food shopping and came home with 5 lottery ticket numbers for the drawing on Saturday. Oh gosh, I forgot to check – did he play the right game? The last time he bought us 10 numbers, it turned out he played the wrong game! You have to keep an eye on these husbands…
P.P.S. Powerball. That’s the game he played. I hope that’s the right one. You can see how often we blow money on lottery tickets!!
Ta ra for now, and cheers for all God’s growing things,
Bex & the Trees