When I purchased my home four years ago the garden had not been touched for a decade. In fact the neighbour's stated, without any attempt at humour, that they did not believe the previous owner had ever stepped off the footpath leading to the car port. My beautiful lemon tree and this ornamental cherry were saved.
I love this tree, that it blossoms in winter when little else does, that it's leaves are a lovely marachino red and that it is part of my homes' history. Each winter I have meant to photograph it in blossom, and each winter I have left it too late - only to see a winter storm dash the blossom to the ground. Today, at last ... I remembered.
I remembered thanks to my lovely friend Dot (see links). I was looking for a sunny spot to photograph the egg people I received from her in the mail today. I bought the lovely blue egg from her (on e-bay), and generously Dot has included the pink one. Thank you Dotee.
While I have moved them safely inside, I have to say, they look gorgeous dangling among the blossoms of this favoured tree.