A sad passing and a happy recovery

Ever since we settled on this house, some 17 years ago, we have loved our flowering crabapple tree, delighting in its spring blossoms and the fragrance they emanate.   Crabapple 2808Crabapple 9786But the severe, cold, dry winter of 2013 was too much for it, and it never put out a single blossom in 2014, so we regretfully took it down last week. It wasn’t a terribly big tree, but we hired professionals to do the job, as I no longer trust my knees to do any agile climbing. We asked them to be careful of the emerging plants below it, one red-orange tulip in particular, which had not yet fully opened, but one small dropped branch clipped one of the petals off, so that it hung by a thread. It didn’t seem to mind the injury, though, and has gone on to develop fully. Tulip 7914I made this photo a couple of days ago, just before the petal let go its hold. Its repositioning left a window into the flower’s interior for an angle that is not normally available. We are completely recycling the crabapple, having had it chipped and saving it all to add to the rest of the garden as mulch, so it will continue to live on through the other living things it will nourish. Surely a rather happy ending to its sad demise.

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Welcome to Krikit Arts! I'm a veterinarian; photographer; finger-style guitarist, composer, instructor, and singer/songwriter; fisherman; and fly-tyer. Please enjoy--and please respect my full rights to all photos on this Website!
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7 Responses to A sad passing and a happy recovery

  1. We inherited a couple of crab apples when we moved in and they have always looked to be ready to go, but each year they put out leaves and a few flowers so we maintain them. One of these days we’ll have to do the same.

  2. Winnie Hurd says:

    Love your attitude of sustainability. And it’s wonderful to have the photo memories.

    • krikitarts says:

      As with old friends, there’s an unfortunate tendency to take them for granted. When one is lost, it’s a reminder to appreciate the others even more–and more actively.

  3. Lovely photos. My mother has a crabapple in her garden and it is always a good show.

  4. seekraz says:

    That ever-present Circle of Life….so nice that you’re mindful of it. :)

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