Oh my! This recycled article is difficult to revisit. These flowering crabapples are in even worse condition after three years of abuse. Meanwhile, the so-called ‘gardeners’ who so dutifully destroy them have not bothered to remove or even prune a feral glossy privet that grew among them and is now dominating.
From the same landscape that, last autumn, was so dutifully deprived of its elegantly cascading rosemary and soon to be fiery autumn color of Boston ivy, https://tonytomeo.com/2017/11/05/serously/ , I procured these disturbing images of what results from of a serious disdain for flowering crabapple bloom. These trees were mentioned earlier in that article, but without such images. Similar victims were discussed last spring, https://tonytomeo.com/2018/03/07/the-good-the-bad-and-theyre-both-ugly/ and about a year agohttps://tonytomeo.com/2017/12/06/sculpture/ .
The landscape where these trees live was actually rather well designed, and for a few years, had been well maintained. Seriously! The flowering crabapples were likely selected because they would not get tall enough to encroach into the utility easement above. There were pruned as much as necessary to prevent them from developing into a nasty thicket like young flowering crabapples typically do, but without significantly compromising the spectacular bloom. They really were spectacular!
About six years ago, a…
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