What plant we?

Apple Blossoms


“What plant we in this apple-tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee…”

Excerpted from The Planting of the Apple-tree
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

3 thoughts on “What plant we?

    1. Thank you! The blossoms are from a tree a I planted in 1977. It was a chance seedling from the side of old dirt road near here. Sweet-tart soft fruit in the fall makes great red sauce.

      I only recently re-discovered Bryant’s poem, which is so apt for this tree, and his poetry which was scarcely covered in high school.


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