Winter in our area is normally a quiet season for gardens, but this year it’s a constant flurry of activity spawned by the coming and going of yogis that have come to the Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens. This docile community is the most pleasant, helpful, generous, caring, loving group of people that I ever met. All of this activity is happening at our gardens because of a chance meeting that I had with a special woman named Angela whom I met while on retreat in October (see my post Grounding).
On Christmas Eve Angela, along with three other special people from this community took time out of their own busy lives to personally deliver this Autumn blooming cherry tree to our gardens. We were totally shocked by how they plotted to surprise us with this big beauty.
They presented us with this beautifully written inscription along with the tree. We plan on having the inscription engraved onto a permanent garden marker to be placed at the base of our special tree.
An Autumn blooming cherry, prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’, is a mid-size ornamental tree that will bloom twice (spring and fall) and is more cold hardy than most other ornamental cherry trees.
In fall it’s leaves turn golden-bronze tinged with some red and the small black fruits it produces will attract birds. How perfect for us because we like to work with nature.
In the spring a big show of semi-double dark pink flowers turning to light pink then finally brilliant white is the highlight of this beautiful tree. Depending on temperatures, it can begin to bloom sporadically throughout the fall and winter months.
I think they picked the perfect specimen for Crabtree Gardens.
We truly do appreciate the glowing light of love that shines from within the yoga community and the Lil Yoga Barn and are proud to be able to give them a home. In the middle of the upper field now rests a very special “Gratitude Tree”. Our hearts will be forever grateful.
We are grateful to all of you as well for following, commenting on posts and sharing our visions with us as they actually do come to fruition. We wish you all a beautiful New Year filled with much inspiration and JOY and of course gardening.
Namaste~Dave and Sandi Crabtree