There isn’t anything prettier than streets lined with Bradford Pear Trees in early spring.
One of my good friends in Western New York lived on one of those streets. I would drive out of my way just to see the glory of all those flowering pear branches sporting their stunning white blossoms. Ahhhh….the beauty. My small town is not lined with them, but the few along the tree line bring brilliance to Main Street.
We haven’t lived in our current house very long. Last year was our first spring here and we were more about trimming the jungle in our yard than in reveling in the beauty. This year when I looked out my window, I realized that just outside my fence line, in the right-of-way, there are two trees very close together. A Bradford Pear tree and a crab apple of some sort.
Have you seen the sticks with roots that hope to become trees that you can purchase at the garden centers? I’m pretty certain that was the beginning of those trees. Planting them six feet apart might have seemed like a great distance 25 years ago. Today…they grow into each other with the crab apple shrouding the pear’s lower limbs.
It hit me. Wow! For the first time ever, I can cut flowering pear branches to enjoy in the house. I had to reach up high, but I managed to cut a handful from the back of the tree and brought them in to grace my piano.
They were so easy to arrange. Actually the easiest fresh arrangement I ever made. All I did was fill my retired Longaberger Etched Hurricane with water and slip the branches in for a long drink.
My mantel (um…piano) display is super simple. When you have something as stunning as flowering pear branches you really don’t need much to bring it all together. This was a fresh change from the spring look of my earthy Easter decor here.
A few months ago, my husband received some lovely botanical cards in the mail from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Since it is one of our favorite places to visit, I wish we were in a position to gift them, but in the meantime we have been blessed with these lovely cards. I selected one, trimmed the botanical front from the card and then added a piece of green colored cardstock I had on hand to the back, which I had cut to create a little frame around the art. Now that the card had been cut it’s now an art print. And a lovely free one too!
A small plate stand from my stash was put into service and voila! a piece of spring art to compliment the Longaberger Bread Basket covering the unbecoming thermostat on the wall, and the greens and browns in the leaves and stems of the flowering pear branches in the hurricane turned vase. Completing the piano top is a simple vintage Revere bowl. I love that classic shape.
This spring display is a breath of fresh air in my home! Isn’t it interesting how something so simple can bring such joy and cheer to a space?
Do you have access to any flowering pear branches which you can cut to grace your home for spring?
If not, do you add fresh flowers to your home decor?
What’s your favorite way to use flowers in the house?
If I could, I’d have fresh flowers all the time!
Wishing YOU An Extraordinary Day!
P.S. For those of you who want to know more about the art print on the wall. I have a DIY tutorial here.
Note: After creating this vignette and publishing the post I’ve come to realize that there is a certain aroma about the Bradford Pear Branches. My husband hardly noticed it, but I’m generally sensitive to smells and so I moved them to the sunroom where I can close the door and still enjoy them through the glass. It also gave me another excuse to create a new vignette which I photographed and will post about soon. The aroma dissipated in a few days while the blossoms still look great. I think the solution might be to cut the branches and place them in a container of water outside for a few days to allow the unpleasant fragrance to go away. Or…skip the pear branches and pick cherry or apple or something else as handsome.
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