Right now, Washington DC is putting on her Spring finery. All over town, cherry trees are bursting into bloom. If you’ve never been to DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival, you’re missing one of the most beautiful expressions of Spring. The official party starts this weekend, but at my house, it’s already in full swing.
The river birch, a beautiful 40′ specimen after twelve years, was bent to the ground during one of the wet snows, and will now need cabling to be safe. So a bucket truck pulled up to the front of the house and rigging commenced.
The hickory tree had a major limb removed to add light to the boxwood garden, and also to keep Fall’s ripe hickory nuts from hitting the roof with a noise like machine gun fire. The crabapple and dogwoods were tidied here and there.
If you have a flowering fruit tree, forsythia, quince – any early Spring blooming tree – you can do the same thing. One little tip. Before sinking those branches in the water, smash the ends with a hammer to reveal the woody green under the bark. Now the branch can drink, and you’ll have blossoms to brighten your day.
Even if you don’t have a flowering fruit tree, watch as you’re walking around your town. There will be arborists everywhere in the next few weeks trimming up trees and they’re always happy to let you have some branches. (That’s what I did when I was an apartment dweller.)
Fear not, those of you still seeing snow on the ground. I can assure you, Spring is right around the corner.