It was not a sadness for only this one tree, which over most of the last 15 years has given us the Most Excellent tasting apricots ever(we often had to fight the squirrels and birds for them), but the sadness is for the loss of yet another friend. So many neighboring trees are now gone.
Friday morning this song came into my head. Mostly the line about "all the leaves are brown".
Being my mother's daughter, I of course hummed my own version.
"All the world is brown, the trees have gone away..."
This spurred a trip down memory lane.
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|Circa 2000 in the front driveway|
|The fam at Thanksgiving|
Her back property used to have fruit trees and all sorts of growth in wild abandon, along with an old pick-up truck and a boat! You can hardly tell this is in town!
|Flowers and friendship|
|Bulb garden way back when|
The garden area, where the apricot tree once stood, is lush with the plants I've chosen (except the bulbs, which I like and those red leaf plant shrubs, which I don't care for as much). The funny (she says with sarcasm) thing is that on any given gardener day, I will come home to find all of the plants in this area (and all of the ones out front too) deeply pruned into square shapes. I prefer them to be rambling and more natural. Others seem to like boxes. (((sigh)))
|Bare to the bones|
This morning I awoke to the sounds of saws!! "No, no, no" I screamed in my head!!
And I count my blessing that the neighbor on one side keeps planting, while others continue removing. I enjoy a view of her orange tree from my shower.
California Dreamin' indeed!
I hope everyone has a great week. If it holds disappointments, I hope there is some sunshine sprinkled throughout as well.
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2015 (and earlier)