Sunday, March 29, 2009

Made it to Another Spring!

The weeping cherry in the back yard is an ancient tree and here it is, blooming again! Weeping cherries are supposed to live 30 years. We've been in this house for 20 years and it was a big mature tree when we moved in, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was planted when the house was new, 40 or so years ago. When the kids were small, the weeping cherry held a large tree house and a swing. It has held countless nests and been home to squirrels, mourning doves, chickadees, woodpeckers, cardinals and more. Several years ago it started to drop limbs and the carpenter ants got to it. The children were grown and gone so the tree house came down. We considered cutting the tree down because it's so close to the house. But the woodpeckers really love it (we've even had a piliated woodpecker visit a few times!) so we thought we'd wait and see. And this wonderful tree continues to bloom every spring!

That's my studio in the back. I've been practicing a new technique for making platters and plates and really having a great time with it.


Andrea Ortiz Gabor said...

I do love that tree! :)

KayzKreationz said...

That's a beautiful tree. I know how you feel about not wanting to cut it down. We've had a couple of trees we knew were probably dead, but the wildlife loves them so we left them (one in particular-right behind the house) until we were afraid it would fall across our road, so we pulled it down, but left it laying there for the wildlife. We have enough land to do that and we get credit with the wildlife ag exemption we have for leaving it for the wildlife. The birds still love to come sit on it and the bunnies under it.

NewDominionBlues said...

I love your tree - how great that it keeps blooming after keeping you in suspense every winter! I also think your studio looks awesome - I love the trim work. :) And the yellow background!