Warm, wet, foggy. The fog allows me to take pictures in the front yard without feeling like I’m invading my neighbors’ privacy.
Summer before last, the county cleared branches from these trees away from the power lines. The subcontractors agreed to dump a truckload of the resulting wood chips in my driveway. I like knowing that even my wood mulch is local. (Cattycorner or catercornered. I don’t think I’ve ever committed either to writing.)
I am always trying to take this picture of the Franklinia, and it always ends up being a picture of bright sky and clouds and a telephone pole. So I can be happy for a foggy morning.
The similar shaped/size trees are Japanese maples, which I got as bare-root saplings through Freecycle in 2007. I grew them in pots for a while and then planted them here. A little too close to the street, but it’s definitely too late to move them now!
The small shrub at the far left, behind the green fencing, is a blueberry bush. The mass of yellow twigs around the left maple is, not surprisingly, a yellow twig dogwood. And the tallest tree in the picture, with somewhat symmetrical upward curving branches, is a Washington hawthorn. The hawthorn came from the Arbor Day Foundation as a bare-root sapling in 2007. It flowered for the first time this year. At the far right (behind the garbage bags still full of leaves) is a spirea.
But the birch is the star of this foggy morning.