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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Hello Spring Pear Tree

Thursday, March 15, 2018

G O O D B Y E  W I N T E R  

H e l l o,  S p r i n g 

H e l l o,  P e a r  T r e e 

All over town there are white blooming trees scattered among the other trees that are still stark bare.  

Hello Spring with white blooming pear and plum trees
The Bradford pear trees, fruitless native plum trees, and fruiting plum bushes are in full bloom. Like beacons guiding winter weary travelers along the route, you see another one in the woods, in a pasture, in a garden, or lined up along the roadside before the last one fades from sight. 

Hello Spring Pear Tree Blooms in a Country Garden
The large pear tree planted in our backyard about 25 years ago is visible from almost every room in the house all the way to the 3rd floor with its roof window. Plus the 3-4 native white blooming wild plum trees in our woods are visible from the first floor. When all these burst into bloom, Spring is on its way.

In five days Spring will be here, but better than that, we are past the average last freeze date (March 13) in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Now, we CAN still have another freeze, but I am ready for Spring today and brought blooming pear branches inside from the back yard.

 H e l l o,  S p r i n g  P e a r  T r e e 

Hello Spring Pear Tree Blooms in a Vintage Country Crock
If you are also looking for a way to bring Spring inside, blooming branches are a sure way to bring Spring inside. While the outside temperatures are still chilly and threaten a return of Winter, the real blooms hold Winter at bay inside. 

The bigger the branches, the better, to make a floral arrangement in a large vintage crock that proclaims, "S P R I N G!" Large branches are not a small arrangement that can be overlooked or meekly suggest, "s p r i n g.

Hello Spring Pear Tree Blooms and Leaves Open Inside
Warm temperatures in the house help buds to open and help leaves to sprout. As the blooms expand and the springy-green leaves emerge, one of Spring's promises is fulfilled... new life. 

Hello Spring Pear Tree Blooms in a Country Garden
Pear trees are not the only blooming trees/shrubs with branches that can be cut to bring Spring inside. Red bud trees, forsythia bushes, red flowering quince shrubs, saucer magnolia branches, and dogwood branches are early Spring bloomers in a variety of colors to bring Spring and new life inside. 

Hello Spring Pear Tree Blooms in a French Country Living Room
If you do not have an early blooming tree or shrub for bringing in blooms, now is a good time to plant one. Choose one with blooms that go with your home's colors and style. The Spring pear tree branches go well with the French Country style of our living room. 

Or, plant several different blooming trees and shrubs for a variety of colors. 

In a few days the redbud trees in my yard will be blooming and will be ready to bring inside for more, "Hello, Spring." Easy, free, and beautiful Spring decorations found right in the yard. 

What is your favorite tree or shrub to bring inside to say, "Hello, Spring?" 


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