What a difference a day makes!


Bradford pear blossoms are everywhere today!  They are the perfect tear-drop shaped trees in heavy bud or flower like snowstorms all along the edges of practically every main road and highway in the area. I think they are most dense between DC and Baltimore.  These invasive trees are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to shed their colorful red, yellow, orange and purple leaves  in the fall. The tough leaves thickly blanket the ground, preventing all other plants from growing anywhere near them. One of the reasons you don’t want to plant them in your yard is their trunks break easily in a strong wind. FYI, after discovering them in China, Mr.Bradford loaded his tree specimens on a ship but passed away before he could travel back to the United States. Unfortunately his trees made it safely.

flower-bradford-pearYesterday they were just getting started around here. They are FAST!


Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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