When we first were looking at our house over two years ago, we were pleased to see a mature Redbud tree at the center of the backyard, nicely framing the patio.
At the time, it was nearing the end of its gorgeous purple early blooming cycle...
(photo by our friend Ellen Coleman)
While blooming, this tree fills the entire site line of my kitchen window, and I've spent many a time appreciating the purple splendor backdrop of the mundane chore of washing dishes.
Unfortunately, our "Redbuddy" as Jonathan calls him, has a fatal illness and a fatal injury.
Because of a split at the base, along with rot and borer damage, he is going to have to be removed soon.
We are very sad.
I'm glad I went a little crazy this past spring taking his photo, since it's the last time we will be able to see him bloom.
(this one also by Ellen)
Besides the shade, maturity, and beauty of its blooms, we will also definitely be missing a place to hang our patio lights.
We're replacing it with a Yoshino Cherry, and hope to be able to watch it mature into the beautiful centerpiece that its predecessor was.
Farewell, Redbuddy. You will be missed.