There are beautiful crab apple trees all around our house that bloom amazingly every other year. They get flowers every year, but some years there are gillions of flowers while others there are just a lot of them. Even though last year was supposed to be a bumper year, the crazy spring weather of 80 degrees in March followed by a hard freeze just as all the buds opened caused all the flowers to fall off. (Side note, this happened all over Southeast Michigan and really harmed some farmers. There was literally no apple crop.) Extrapolating that we missed a good year, I assumed that this year would still be a dud year. Well, happily I couldn't have been more mistaken. The trees seem desperate to make up for an off year and have bloomed more intensely and beautifully than ever. This photo is through our screen on my phone, but you can see what I mean.
When the flowers are done blooming and all the petals gently drift to the ground they create another pretty scene with carpets of color under the trees. As this happens I find myself in awe of the beauty yet also a bit sad that another spring is so quickly turning into summer.
Yesterday we were playing underneath a redbud tree that was dropping its flowers all around us when I spontaneously started collecting them in my pockets. (Were you that kind of kid too? Saving anything interesting or pretty to make yourself smile later?) Then I thought it'd be fun to use the idea I've seen floating around the web lately of sticking the flowers to contact paper for various purposes. (Over on Housing a Forest, they made sun catchers on a road trip right on the car windows--genius much?)
So this activity went much like our others...I taped the contact paper sticky-side-up to our train table and then brought over the flowers I'd collected. Charley promptly exclaimed, "Construction site!" (I can't make this stuff up) and then gathered up a few vehicles. Namely, a garbage truck to collect the