Along my street we’ve got Bradford Pear trees which are filled with lovely “apple/cherry” like blossoms early in the spring. They last maybe a week/ten days and that’s it. I’ve photographed the trees and the flowers each spring I’ve lived in my apartment (going on seven years). I’ll take pictures – of the same trees – again this year.
I did a bit of research to learn more about Bradford Pear trees and discovered they aren’t the best choice although they’re used widely to line streets. One writer identified several reasons why you should avoid them: they grow tall – 40-50 feet, the flowers have a strong, somewhat unpleasant fragrance, often have weak branches – sometimes falling apart after 20 years (!), and they cross pollinate with related trees causing problems if fruit pears are growing anywhere near. Nevertheless, I love how the flower clusters look which is why I decided to include one in this floral collection.
I decided to do very little stitching on the flowers, thinking the detail on the stems, leaves, buds and branch would more than offset the spare flower detail. A good decision, here.
This is #12. The series is now complete.
I’ve laid them out on the floor to think about the display arrangement. I still have to add paper backing, a label, and a sawtooth hanger on the back of each before I can say they are finished. I’ll get that done over the weekend. I plan on showing the full set in Truro, I think. Brandt will only want ten for the December show in Tatamagouche this year – I will have a difficult time deciding which two to hold back! I’m happy with all of them.
Now I can move on to a new quilt, along with some clothing I want to make for the summer.
Congratulations on your finish. These flowers are beautiful.
Grouped together like that, it would be hard to pick! Perhaps he will make an exception to the 10 rule.
I will be forced to choose – it will be just 10.
Gorgeous, all of them. Thank you for sharing. Re: your flowering pear, we have flowering plums out here on the left coast. They grow too high, drop flower petals all over the place, are not disease resistant and are absolutely beautiful this time of year! 🙂
Stunning Judith. Csn’t wait to see it finished and in person
Just amazing, especially all together!
Great job, Judith! I could help you choose😊
The whole collection really is stunning – you’re right to be proud of them!