Reed PughSpring, and life, goes on in Boston

This morning as I finished my weekly posting, I realized how unimportant my words on mulch and organic amendments would be this week, but, like most Bostonians, I was not going to stop or alter my work because of a few misguided and soulless individuals.

Reed Pugh child on swing at educational city farmOn Tuesday, my wife was on the MIT campus interviewing for a job and we live only a few towns over from Watertown, but we will not live in fear of these cowards while we grieve for those affected by this tragedy.

Dennis Lehane, the well-known author and an authentic voice for this city wrote a poignant Op-Ed in the New York Times: Messing with the Wrong City. Lehane and others were on NPR this week and the following links to the program: Lehane interview on NPR.

Instead, I want to focus on the beautiful spring that is unfurling this week. Just yesterday I was at a children’s vacation camp at Wright-Locke Farm, to write a story and take photos for our local paper. These young children spent a week on the farm doing chores, exploring and enjoying time on our beautiful suburban working farm. The photo above is of a young boy on a swing that hangs from the rafters of the nearly 200 year old barn. Despite all that is going on, the innocence of our children is intact.

Reed Pugh magnificent old cherry tree in Boston

Reed Pugh cherry tree spring flowersThis morning I visited a neighbor who has a stunning and ancient Weeping Cherry Tree in his front yard. For years I have marveled at its size and grace. It has been through a lot in recent years with the Winter Moth and drought. In talking with the neighbor, he revealed it was knocked over during a hurricane in the ’50s, but the neighbors came out and pushed it back up in place. It stands 50 feet tall and maybe 70 feet wide and has endured insects, disease and many storms. I love how this represents the character of Bostonians this week.

Reed Pugh cherry tree dripping with blooms

God has given us one of the most beautiful spring weeks and I choose to be grateful for this and not to give in to anger and fear.

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About Reed Pugh

Horticulturist and landscape designer living in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Reed is passionate about gardens and plants and loves writing about horticulture, plants, garden accoutrements, best garden practices and whatever else comes to his frenetic mind. He tries not to take himself too seriously but has been known to 'geek out' on occasion. Reed, and his company Barking Dog Gardens, can be found at Reeds Garden Ramblings

3 thoughts on “Spring, and life, goes on in Boston

  1. Hi Reed
    I love the fact that it was knocked over in the 1950s and the neighbours came and pulled it back up. That is brilliant. It is stunning and I bet it looks even better standing in front of it.
    Cheers Sandi

  2. Reed, all I can say is aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!
    Fabulous, wondrous and breathtakingly beautiful. Such a tonic in a terrible week for Bostonians …… It is hard to get gardening talk traction when such bigger and more dreadful events predominate, but spreading joy and beauty is never a waste of time.

  3. What an amazing tree, reminds me of my childhood in UK. We always knew the warmer weather (and long school holidays) were just around the corner when the blossoms came out! Our climate is much different here in Sydney and some of our trees are finally starting to shed their leaves. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

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