Friday, March 21, 2008

The tale of the stinky tree.....



Once apon a time not long ago (as in last spring), I would walk out my door and catch a whiff of this awful smell. I couldn't figure out where the smell was coming from. Every time I was outside playing with the boys and the wind picked up I could smell what I thought was a squirrel that had died and was rotting away. I started smelling my bushes and looking around the trash cans. I searched high and low for the source of the smell.

I guess I looked pretty funny and my neighbor and friend Terra came outside. She asked me what I was doing. I aksed her "Can you smell that smell?" Yeah she says, it smells like fish, or rotten meat. I told her that I was trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. It just so happened that she was standing underneath the tree and said "I think it is coming from your tree." I pulled down the branch and smelt the flowers, sure enough the smell was coming from my beautiful tree. It 's hard to believe that these beautiful flowers could have such an awful smell.

My lovely Bradford Pear tree is in full on bloom, and it smells like rotten meat in our yard. That's right people this tree smells like rotten meat, as my 9 year old neighbor put it "why does it smell like fish in your yard?" Brett I use to ask myself the same thing.


I also make sure to let people walking by or that come into my yard that it's my tree that stinks and not really my house. That is the last thing I need is for others to think that my house stinks.

This year as my tree was beginning to bud I was looking forward to the flowers and in the fall when the leaves turn bright red and orange, but the smell is something I can live without.

I wish I could insert a scratch and sniff here!

1 comment:

johnandvic said...

We had one in our back yard on base and hated the smell along with the bees that would come around!! I don't miss it!! Oh wait we have in our front yard at our new house.. Gosh , I just can't get away from those trees or the smell..I know what you are talking about!!
Good thing its not year round :)