The Japanese weeping cherry, of which there are many varieties, is a plant of great beauty, flowering briefly but elegantly in the early spring. The young saplings are expensive and difficult to establish in zone 5-6 here in east central Illinois. And even older trees rarely bloom like they did this year -- either because the buds are nipped by the spring frosts we often have, or the fragile blooms are quickly knocked to the ground by the torrential spring rains we sometimes have, or the delicate flowers appear but dry up and fry in the unexpected heat we sometimes have, even in spring. But this year was unusual and exceptional.
The next day was Saturday and we went out to brunch with Frank. On the way, we discovered three more weeping cherries (on a busy street so we couldn't take photos), giving us a grand total (so far) of NINE!