I’m so sad. After our polar vortex / snowpocalypse winter, I think our beautiful weeping cheery isn’t going to survive. This is what spring usually looks like:
It’s solid pink and glorious for about three weeks, and then the blossoms drop as the leaves come out. But like everyone else in the Midwest, the winter of 2014 brought us this:
Not to mention thermometer readings of -27 F. Now, I realize that everything is about three weeks behind schedule, but still . . . the weeping cherry should be blooming at the same time as the tulip tree. Instead of a gorgeous show of trailing pink masses, this is what I see when I pull up to the house:
I’ve been told these trees are susceptible to cold, and there are several old, healed winter cracks in the trunk. But one has opened and is weeping sap now, and besides no blossoms, there are only maybe a dozen leaves scattered among all the branches. I bought some “wound heal” spray, commonly used for large pruning jobs, and I’ll apply it to the winter crack with fingers crossed. I’m not ready to give up on it yet, but I suspect our spring spectacle will be no more. And I’m sad.