The stems were from her two plum trees. Aren't they gorgeous? I'm pretty sure these are Prunus cerasifera, which have distinctive purple leaves in summer. A great tree to use for contrasting color in the garden. Prunus cerasifera, or Cherry Plum, or Purple Leaf Plum, is a deciduous tree grown in Zones 4 though 9, and can grow to 30 ft. or more.
From her living room window, there was a perfect view of her two trees. Planted close together, these two trees looked as though they were conversing to each other. I could almost hear the sound of sweet laughter springing from their blossoms. Their arms were stretched out to each other, and occasionally the breeze softly stroked the gentle branches where birds were perched. To and fro, the trees swayed in perfect synchronization of the wind's easy push.
As I was leaving, I noticed the wind bend the taller tree closer to the smaller one, as if in a warm embrace.
It was a good visit.