In just over a year, the Crabapple Allée, aka the Avenue, has gone from dream to dirt, to bloom and gone.
We started with this, a dull bare field.
Four months later, The Avenue was beginning to take shape.
By mid-November, the site was a mess of wet earth and newly planted trees.
While the trees rested, I kept my fingers crossed. How would they survive the freeze and thaw of a difficult winter?
By early May, we were beginning to find out. Some trees were leafing out, obviously fine. Others were looking doubtful. Possibly they were slower growing, possibly they were dead or dying.
Two weeks later, the excitement was building. Some trees were in bloom, others were about to start.
Warm weather began to open more blossoms but the full impact was not yet there.
On May 26, only two days after I took the photo above, the trees were in full bloom. The sky was grey, though, so I decided to wait until the following day to photograph the trees at their best.
That night it rained. Hard. The next morning, all the blossoms were gone.
I’m disappointed not to have a photo of the trees fully in bloom, but the image is there in my mind. Considering that this was their first year, the trees bloomed magnificently. Next year they will be better. And the year after, better still.
The best news is that every tree made it through the winter. Hooray!