I recently made a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical with the objective of viewing and photographing the tree peonies in full bloom. My timing was off. Seems either I was too early or the tree peonies are late. But no matter. In addition to the cherry blossoms the lilacs are in their glory right now. As are the magnolias and the crab apples. I am partial to the latter for sentimental reasons. When my sibling and I were kids our grandmother had a tree in the back yard. She made jelly with the fruits. So when I see a crab apple tree in full bloom I think of her.