One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Loveliest of Trees

“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

and stands about the woodland ride

wearing white for Eastertide.”

“Now of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

and take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.”

“And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.”

A.E. Housman, 1859 – 1936


Comments on: "Loveliest of Trees" (5)

  1. And somehow, I was humming the old song:

    “I gave my love a cherry without a stone
    I gave my love a chicken without no bone
    I told my love a story without an end,
    I gave my love a baby with no cry-en.”

    Which I’m probably misremembering. Your photos remind me of the cherry orchard that used to be in my childhood backyard.

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Thank you, sir, for sharing!

  3. Great pics, Greg. I posted some of my own over the weekend! Isn’t spring grand?

  4. What an eye you have! The more I get into photography, the better you get!!!!!!!

    ; >)

  5. So that’s what they are! They’re in bloom all over Sarasota too. At least I think they are. Beautiful.

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