My mother used to call her cherry tree a "mother's day tree" because it was always in bloom on Mother's Day. But this year those beautiful pink blossoms have all fallen to the ground and even the lilacs are nearly gone.
I love those cherry trees and they are a popular one here on the East End. We see them in many yards and even used as boarders along property lines. They line driveways - and appear in all sizes, from the smallest to the largest, some spectacular in their obvious age, confounding the normal life-span predictions.
At this point most of the pink carpets they create as the blossoms fall are also gone, dragged into homes on shoes and blown away in the rainy wind. Gone for another year, but always something to look forward to, usually right at this time! In this unusual weather year, everything is a little off, but whether they come in April or May, those cherry trees are always worth the wait.