Friday, December 5, 2014

Sunrise Over Cedarmere


I love waking up at our farm.  The sun, more often than not, puts up a spectacular color show as it rises.






The birds appear to love waking up at our farm too.






One of the birds' favorite trees to perch in while soaking in the morning sun is the Bradford pear tree.  This tree is gorgeous in the spring with beautiful fluffy white flowers.  They grow very fast, are disease resistant and flower reliably.  Unfortunately for me, I think these flowers smell bad.

source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Bradford_pear_tree_blossoms.jpg
In the fall, this tree offers a fabulous display of autumnal colors of reddish-orange.  

If you want to see the array of colors that the leaves turn into in the fall, check this website - http://www.pbase.com/karen_moen/bradford_pear_tree_in_autumn.

It also bears tiny pear-like fruits, though only birds find them palatable. 


Because Bradford pear trees are very easy to grow and add so much color to our landscape, they are very popular in our neck of the woods.  I am actually not sure why these trees are so popular.  Aside from the not-so-pleasant odor their flowers send out in the spring, their branches are very weak and consequently they suffer greatly from storms, wind and ice (and we have all three of these weather conditions in central Virginia).  They are also very invasive.  

QUESTION:
I have located two of these trees on our farm.  My question to you, my blog friends, is should I get rid of them now (they are actually quite gorgeous with their perfect rounded canopy shape) or should I wait until I have to get rid of them?



I am linking with

Floral Friday Fotos
Skywatch Friday
Saturday's Critters
Today's Flowers
Mosaic Monday
Macro Monday 2




26 comments:

  1. Christa... If your trees are not near structures that could be damaged by falling limbs, I would leave them. We have three beautiful Bradfords beside our driveway. A tornado a few years ago took out about one-third of the one nearest the street. We trimmed it up, doctored the raw wood, and let it grow. While its a bit one sided, it has continued to flourish. The leaves in Fall are spectacular! Your photos, as always, are stunning! Hope all is well with you and yours on the farm. Have a great weekend! Smiles...Susan

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  2. Those flowers would be good enough for me to hang on to them. Just not bring them indoors if they pong :-)
    Your bird pics are nice. You should add a bird meme to your list.

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  3. Such beautiful skies! Have a great weekend!

    Shantana

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  4. Beautiful birds and blooms! Early morning is a special time of day, isn't it?

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  5. some beautiful skies and pretty birds.

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  6. Stunning sunrises. Lovely photos - as always, Christa. I don't know anything about Bradford pears, but if the trees aren't going to damage anything else I'd leave them where they are. We lost five mature trees to last year's winter storms at our place down in Devon, and it makes me cry inside to dwell on the fact that, even with the new saplings that we've planted, the landscape won't be restored to its former glory in my lifetime. By all means plant new trees that you love and whose blossoms make your heart sing, but a big, old tree that's got history and become part of your landscape that the woodland critters love ... well I'd think long and hard about giving that good old boy the chop. You've got a great eye for beauty - not to mention the soul of a poet. If anyone knows what to do: it's you, sister. All the best and have a lovely weekend, Bonny

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  7. I love the colours in the sunrise photos. The birds and the blossoms are lovely as well. I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Beautiful birds ! And great shots !
    Happy weekend :)

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  9. These skies are gorgeous! Love the birdpictures too.

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  10. Beautiful colors and sky shots.. The birds are beautiful too. Wonderful post and images.. Have a happy weekend!

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  11. Adorable birds and beautiful flowers. Sky shots too. Thanks for linking up with Today's Flowers Christa and Happy Sunday to you :-)

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  12. Hello Christa, I am stopping back just to say thank you for linking up to my critter party. Enjoy your day!

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  13. I'm forever astounded how beautiful it is where you live. Keep taking those stunning images!
    Have a good week!
    xoxo Ingrid

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  14. The sky is beautiful. The birds and the flowers are lovely. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos.

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous dawn photos! Love the foliage and flowers as well. Beautiful!

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  16. Great bird shots. I was really sad when the city cut down the double cherry at our curb. Granted it was deadish in places but the birds were loving the insects and the flowers were still coming in the spring. so don't cut the trees.

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  17. When I took my courses to become a Master Gardener, the Bradford pear was always recommended for landscape design. I never did plant one at our place, preferring the native serviceberry for the birds instead.
    My 'Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs' book says the 'Bradford' introduced in the early 1960s has a genetic flaw that causes them to literally fall apart over time. Their life expectancy is only 10-15 years. Take this into account when deciding to keep yours, how old would they be? I hope this helps.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Christa.

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  18. very beautiful sunrise and such lovely birds :) A great way to start a day.

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  19. Love the sky pictures, our world is so full of nature artwork

    Mollyxxx

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  20. Lovely shots! I always feel sorry cutting trees down, but sometimes it is unavoidable if they are diseased or if they threaten to fall.
    Many thanks for joining Floral Friday Fotos last week. Look forward to your next contribution.

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  21. Lovely sky shots, I never see sunrises since that direction is all trees. The birds are cute especially the fluffy one right before and the Mockingbirds, which I miss. As for the pears, perhaps you have better trees in mind for fruit or whatever? Sometimes there's only so much room to plant trees. It does take quite a while to replace them in size, and lots of work.

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  22. A lovely selection of photos, love the sky shots, the birds and the flowers. Thank you for linking with Today's Flowers. You have started my day off with a smile :)

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  23. Such spectacular colour and shine in your early morning skies, Christa! How could anyone not wake up with a smile on their face, especially after an alarm clock of birdsong - a more gentle welcome to the day than a roaring ring or bothersome buzz in one's sensitive ear!

    Happy Christmas, my friend!

    Poppy

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  24. Beautiful photos! Really neat bird photos! I am in the process of planting an orchard...pecking away at it. Last spring I was in a hurry to grab a pear tree at a place to go with some apple and peach trees I had on my wagon deal. I didn't look at the tag very well, but had grabbed a Bradford pear tree by accident...lol. I didn't realize it until I got home. I read nothing but bad about them, but went ahead and planted it towards the back of my sheep pasture, behind the duck pond. They, like yours, do seem to be very pretty to look at! ???

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