Flowering cherries, Bradford pears, and redbuds

The warm weather of the last week has encouraged the cherries (of various ornamental origins) into flowering.  They're lovely, and almost at their peak; hopefully, the predicted frost/light freeze of the next two nights won't phase them.

Our native redbuds are now in full flower, too, both "wild" and planted.

But on a walking loop through downtown Asheville this evening, I admired the Bradford pears in full flower along Biltmore Ave. and this one, on Church Street, was especially lovely. 

An obnoxious species, of course, as they've gone feral and troublesome, but it was hard not to like this one, especially with its setting.

Bradford Pear on Church St.