THE WILLOW IN WINTER
Thursday, the day of New Year's Eve, 9:00 AM. 20 degrees F at the ferry dock, 18 on the back porch. Wind WSW, calm with medium gusts. The sky is overcast and cloudy, the humidity 84%. The barometer is at 30.16" and heading downward on a gentle glide.
Our friends Andy and Judy left yesterday, so it is back to normal for Joan, myself and Buddy (who tried to be a good host to their dog Nina but didn't do so well). So it will be a quiet New Year's Eve for us.
Willows can be a mess if uncared for, or quite decorative if properly pruned and kept up. The black willow above was pruned (deadwood, crossed branches and suckers removed, balanced, and trunks emphasized for effect) in the spring of 2013. It still looks nice, particularly when snow lays upon the major trunks and branches, and shouldn't have to be pruned again for several more years.