I can't think of a happier way to kick off Earth Day than with the blooming of this tree-of-unknown-variety in the front of our house.
UPDATE, 4/26/08: It's a "Krauter's Vesuvius" plum tree (thanks, mom!). And it will not engulf our porch.
UPDATE, 4/23/08: An astute reader (OK, my friend from Chicago. But she’s still astute and technically a reader if she saw this post) emailed to say this might be a purple leaf plum tree. I think we have a winner! Although I’m a little concerned about A Tree Growers’ Diary’s claim that it’s growing two feet a year in her backyard. At that rate, our front porch will be engulfed by 2014.
P.S. Not one, but two (Update: three!) of our neighbors asked when we planted it. We tried to nicely explain (lest we offend the prior owners) that maybe it was the half-dead behemoth-of-a-tree that blocked it from view in the past. (We made that tree disappear one evening.)
Celebrate the day...B.Y.O.Bags, ride your bike, unplug unused appliances (that means laptops, too, my bloggy friends), shop at thrift stores, and -- my favorite -- always support local farmers.