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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

22 Forgotten but still blooming with life


If you take a walk to the top of my back yard, near the fence that divides it from the farm fields behind us you will spy a pretty crap-apple tree.
Planted along time ago by the previous owners, you would not even know it was there, until you took that hike.


Why this spot was chosen we do not know. Its beauty is not seen from the house or enjoyed even if right outside in the back yard. Only by hiking up the steep hill, trough the tall grasses, that we leave for nature and wildlife to use and enjoy. Then looking sharply to the left. It is in arms reach of the farm fence itself.


Here is a wider view. If you look hard behind and to the left of the crab-apple you can see the old and forgotten apple tree that also resides on our hill top.
We leave this one alone to also tend to itself and grown the way it has since a sapling.


These pretty and delicate blossoms are from a few days before on the abandoned apple. It sheds its flowers quickly, especially this spring with it's ping pong match of warm and cold, windy days. A little rain and gusty cold winds and the fragile petals don't have much of a chance. This large tree is deeper in the thicket of other trees and taller grasses that also hold frame for vines of the prickly kind and wild grapes as well. Add this to the forgotten apples shelter and you can understand why we leave its fruits that fall to the ground for the wildlife to enjoy as well.


They are tasty and a sweet-tart flavor, but since it is left to fight its own battles the fruits are not pretty, but absolutely useable if one would care to carve away the blemishes of scale and bruises. We have been tempted to snack on one or two if we are lucky to pick one off the ground that was freshly fallen.

So the neglected apple and the misplaced crab-apple trees keep each other company and enjoy the seasons as they pass. This year should be no different. I hope to enjoy their changes through the summer into fall along with the birds, deer and other wildlife, as they enjoy their tasty treats.



Have you ever found a forgotten surprise in your yard?

Until next time ...


22 comments:

Janice said...

I love celebrating spring!

Stacey @ RealWorldMom (Linky) said...

What a spectacular view! Beautiful!

LifeRamblings said...

these are beautiful signs of spring.

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Lovely trees make it more enticing to take the walk. We have oaks that have sprouted right on our fence line. A couple grow on both sides. I'm guessing they were planted by birds sitting on the fence.

Aleksandra Nearing said...

Beautiful blooms!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely photos ~ lots of land ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^ linked w/ aquariann

Erika Price said...

We have a crab apple tree, but there's no sign of blossom yet!

Frosted Fingers said...

Pretty pics! Our cherry trees are already blossoming.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love that it's still bearing fruit. What a delightful pairing.

Susan Adcox said...

It's those unexpected pleasures that are sometimes sweetest.

Sandee said...

What a shame that they are left on their own. I too wonder why they were planted there.

Have a terrific day Faythe. Hope you are feeling better. :)

Brian said...

It sure is a pretty tree and the deer would love the nibbles!

Jennifer Leigh said...

Its great that you found them though!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I adore crab apple trees. Maybe the other owners didn't realize that it gets blossoms like that?
In the condo complex we live in we have them lining the road here, they are gorgeous!

Icar said...

lovely for an early morning walk...

Binky said...

They look like a couple of very nice trees. Funny place for them though, but I suppose the bees and the birds and the other animals really don't care.

Hope you're doing better these days, Faythe!

Marina@EBMR said...

What gorgeous pictures!

alissa apel said...

I love having our serviceberry bush. Any thing that grows fruit is amazing to me!

Meryl said...

I just love the spring blossoms - wreaks havoc with my allergies, but I still love them.

Hope you're feeling better and better and have a happy holiday.

Deb said...

The trees are lovely!
Happy Easter!
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Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Hi, Faythe,
What a beautiful post...a hidden delight way back in your field. Delightful! I really hope you are on the mend, dear friend. I have been often praying for you. Have a wonderful Easter. He Is risen!

Katherine C said...

lovely post. Unfortunately the only surprises in our garden have been snakes!!! xo I'm leaving comment ♥ from my other blog today