I am really excited. A couple weeks ago, Prairiewolf and I went to the nearby Brady Nursery, known for their locally grown trees, and we splurged, picking out 4 big, balled & burlapped trees to purchase for our yard. They came yesterday!!!
The guys who brought them out and planted them were very efficient and professional, yet took the time and effort to check with me as they put each tree in its hole to make sure that it was oriented the way I wanted it to be. I am tickled pink with how each one looks.
By the front door we now have a 3 trunked eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) to make our entryway a little less mundane. It will also serve to soften the front of the house and give us a little privacy at the front door from the house across the road.
Speaking of which, there is now a Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) in the middle of the yard, perfectly placed to add yet another layer of privacy between us and the across-the-road neighbor when the leaves are out.
In the back yard, there is a multi-trunked Oklahoma redbud (Cercis canadensis ssp. texensis 'Oklahoma') in the northwest corner of the courtyard, which the birds took to almost immediately. Suddenly the courtyard is beginning to have a little interest in it besides the bird feeders. It makes me get antsy to start putting in the flowerbeds that I'm planning for back there.
Lastly, there is a tall, slim bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) to the north side of the parking area in front of the back garage, which will hopefully shade that utility area and give it a little grace and grandeur.
I can't believe how much these 4 fairly young trees add to the excitement of the yard, as far as I'm concerned. Not only are they 4 new, but native, species/varieties, two of them are also multi-trunked specimens, which I think adds an important change of pace to the "single-trunk-green-meatball-single-trunk-green-meatball" theme we sort of had going here.
Now, hopefully, all of them will settle in readily and add their distinctive personalities to the yard for years to come.