My Thanksgiving turned out to be much less of a cozy day than I had hoped. Despite the length of the storm, we did not end up getting that much snow. But it was a heavy, wet snow and that is hard on trees. I went out numerous times during the storm to shake the heavy snow off branches but it was not enough for some of the trees.
The Corkscrew Willow, affectionately called the “twisty tree” by many, still had its leaves and the weight was just too much.
This tree was given to me by a very good friend so I was very unhappy to see it toppled over. I had hoped we might be able to brace it up and maybe save it, but when the snow melted it was clear that it was uprooted and we couldn’t budge it.
I am afraid we will have to cut it. Hopefully it will still put up some shoots in the Spring and it will grow back…though that will take a very long time. I may take a few cuttings and try to root them as well, and as a last resort, my friend says she has a few “babies” in pots. Still, it is a loss. It is such an interesting tree.
Most of my birches have bounced back as the snow melted. I was able to get most of the snow off the smaller ones. But my oldest birches, which we had cabled together a few years ago after another storm, were not so lucky.
They are also uprooted and mostly on the ground. Ironically, there were a few babies growing this summer but I cut them back because I intended to keep the cabled ones. I am hopeful that new shoots will come up in the Spring here as well, but I will miss these birches. They were here when we moved in, and the gardens have grown up around them. It is always hard to lose trees…they become good friends over the years.
In addition, the girls’ outside run was flattened. I tried to prop it up after the storm but it was hopeless. I am afraid the girls are in the little run for the winter.
I have taken it down. It looks quite empty without it.
Before the storm I added some things to the little run to make it more interesting….just in case…
….leaves, an old log, some stumps to stand on…
…and I hung some parsley from the garden..
But so far, they are boycotting it and just hanging out in the coop. Poor girls!
But I must say, it has not improved my attitude toward winter!