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forsythia
After the tulips are done, the forsythia blooms in mid March.

Cherry Tree
This "Kwanzan Cherry" Tree blooms in early April.


View of the backyard from the opposite angle from above.  Note
that the Cherry, Peony, Wisteria, and Honeysuckle are all blooming here (20 April 2002).
On this day, I had just started the pond again for the year.  The water looks great.


The same angle from above, except shot about one year later (27 April 2003).  Note
the wisteria almost covering the pergola.



This wisteria was planted in 1997, and finally bloomed in the spring of 2002!  The previous years,
I had been training it to go up the pergola, which involved constant pruning and wiring.
We look forward to a shady area underneath it starting this year.  It will grow resting on the horizontal bars of the pergola.


Wisterias are notoriously difficult to get to bloom.  This one took about five
years!  It was a big surprise when it did bloom, as I never expected it to.  They are beautiful long
strings of purple flowers.  Their emergence was the highlight of Spring 2002.


In 2003, the wisteria put on another great show.  Over the course of the past year, it covered the
pergola nicely, and produced hundreds of blossoms.  Their beautiful show was matched by the
wonderful fragrance of the blossoms (5/2/2003).


In 2004, Ah-Mah saw the blooming wisteria for the first time.  It bloomed just as Christopher had
his First Holy Communion.  She enjoyed their scent and their sight.

nest
Spring time brings numerous nest builders to our trees.


This water iris is one of the plants in the front pond (5/01).

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