Fall Plantings!

A Couple Trees for the Devil's Strip

There's still a few projects that need to get done before the snow flies, but they are projects that'll take more than a couple hours on a Saturday afternoon, so...I'm trying to get some of the smaller "optional" projects done.  This morning I went to Marshall's to get a new pair of slippers...yep, I actually blogged that - slippers.  Well, I didn't find any that I liked, but on the way home I passed our favorite nursery.  Just as I was blowing by I saw a huge sign - "Clearance on all Nursery Items."

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. - William Blake

Briefly, the back story:  When we bought our house many years ago now, there were three HUGE old maples trees in the Devil's Strip between the sidewalk and the road.  They were beautiful, but very old, weak and diseased.  As much as I hated to do it - I had the city take them down.  For the past several years we thought and debated about putting in some new trees.  And each year, we'd say - "yeah!  lets get some in."  Then another year would go by, and we just didn't get to it.

Back to today.  I saw that sign at the nursery and made a hard right from the far left and pulled into the parking lot.  Fifteen minutes later I was driving down the street with two trees sticking out the back of this:

It must have looked hilarious!  Anyway, I picked up two trees, a Kwansan Cherry, and a Fringe Tree.

Apparently the Kwansan Cherry tree is the type that blooms so beautifully for the Cherry Festival in DC.  So maybe one spring (hopefully) not too many years from now, this:

Will look like this:

Then there's the Fringe Tree.  I've seen them around before but had no idea what they were called.  They get really pretty flowers in the spring:

And end up looking like:

But for now she looks like this:

There's something fun about watching a tree planted with my own hands (okay, I dug the hole) grow over the years.  There ya have it.
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