Last spring after my paternal grandparents died, my co-workers took a collection amongst themselves and gave me a gift card to a local nursery. I bought four fruit trees - one for each grandparent, 3 of whom are were now dead. After some time, it was clear that the apple trees had some kind of blight. (below)
The peach trees were also suffering, (above) though not as bad.
I didn't know if any of them would survive.
Meanwhile, in fall, I set out bulbs that me and those same co-workers "procured" from the University gardner.
This spring is shaping up to be quite nice here at The Lodge. :-)