Isn't this a triumph? A Shogetsu Japanese Flowering Cherry in full bloom against the blue Spring sky. Although I like to blog with just one photograph to keep my posts to "a moment," it really didn't seem right to write about a variety of tree without letting you see the whole thing!
My mom admired this horizontal-frame tree (with double pink buds that open to fluffy white blossoms) in a catalog twenty-three years ago and ordered it. But when the meager "stick" of a tree arrived in the mail, she thought that the glorious tree from the catalog just wasn't meant to be. But look! It took years of patience, but this beauty is living up to its potential. Magnifique!