When we moved to North Carolina twenty three years ago, there were three young Yoshino cherry trees in the yard. We lost one early on in a Summer thunderstorm. The two surviving trees have grown to around 25 feet tall and every Spring they give us a few days of beautiful blooms.
This year we weren’t sure they had survived the Winter. We were quite surprised and pleased when they bloomed. A few days after the trees bloom, they begin to leaf out. This is when I love them most. The combination of the pink blooms and the new green leaves are lovely.
An interesting aspect of the blooming trees is they seem to buzz. If you sit or stand under the tree at this time of year, you’ll hear a quiet buzzing coming from the hundreds of bees who visit the blooms. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll see a few dozen monarch butterflies as well.
This photo was taken while sitting on the porch and enjoying a late afternoon beverage. I love the way the sunlight filters through the top of the tree. Life is good.