Gnarly Oaks at the Peak of Pack Monadnock
The silhouette of Oaks in the Direction of Mount Washinghton
A Crabapple tree that was on the Property when we bought the House in 1989
Magnolia sieboldii Artfully (I hope) pruned
Limbed up Cornus officinalis
I hike Pack Monadnock, a mountain near my house, about 5 or 6 mornings a week. It is a 1.3 mile march up the road to the peak of the mountain--I think of it as my personal outdoor stair-master. At the top of Pack, there is a group of oak trees that, due to the extreme weather, have never gotten a chance to reach their mature size and have developed a gnarly shape over the years. I love the silhouette they produce in the sky. I often refer to my memory of them as I am pruning the small trees in my garden. Now that the leaves have fallen off the trees, it is an excellent time to evaluate the lines of the trunks and make some adjustments in order to make the branches on the trees just a little more intriguing.