|our sad little dirt patch|
The little tree shaded our (little) deck, so we definitely wanted to replace it, and the idea of planting a tree as a family really appealed to us on a number of levels. As with everything we seem to do lately, it took on a much more significant meaning than just a fun weekend activity.
So we began researching trees. Asking those around us with the proverbial green thumb. Observing trees on our street, in the park, and on the parkway.
And the one thing that became clear was that we had some pretty specific requirements.
In addition to being viable in zone 7 (apparently our zone - thank you Google for that information!), the tree needed to be:
And most importantly, flower in mid-May
See, it's the last request that had people puzzling at us. The man at the nursery finally said, "uh is there a special reason you need it to bloom in May?"
One Quinn Madeleine Linzer was born on May 16, 2012. And this tree that we were to plant as a family of five, that is to live in our backyard for many years to come, should come to life and bloom as beautifully as she did during the month of May.
So, YUP! There is the most special of reasons for it to flower in mid-May.
|reasons don't come more special than this!|
And without knowing the circumstances, this man led us to the perfect tree. The Eastern Redbud.
It's fairly unique (most of the flowering trees in our area are some type of cherry blossom or dogwood).
It's really beautiful - the color (a pink that is almost purple - Quinn's color :) ), the shape, and the way the blossoms hang on the tree as though they're on a wire.
|what they look like now|
|what they will look like eventually|
It's well-timed - it is May 7th and the buds are getting a bit bigger and stronger, but it has not blossomed yet. At this point we seem perfectly on target for a mid-May bloom.
And - this was the kicker - the leaves. After the tree blooms, and the petals have all fallen to the ground, it was the leaves that truly assured us we had our tree. Every leaf, per the man who knew nothing of why we wanted this tree, will be in the shape of a perfect heart.
(photo credit: extension.iastate.edu)
We bought the tree and planted it, as a family, on Sunday. Looking forward to many blooms - and leaves - over the coming years.
|the Linzer men, prepping the site|
|showing off her teeth|
|smiling because she doesn't have to do the grunt work|
|Daddy finishing the job|
|view of the tree from inside the kitchen|