Trees in winter are beautiful!
The bare tree branches are like line drawings on the sky. The branches on our fig tree grew a lot longer this year. We used to cover them in burlap for the winter, but they are too big for that now (see our fig tree post for more information about our productive tree). Since figs grow only on the new branch growth, we plan to prune our fig tree towards the end of winter. This will be its first pruning. It is hard to do, but it must be done or we will need a ladder to reach the figs this summer!
The evergreen trees and deciduous trees with remaining shriveled leaves are like welcoming shelters in the sparse winter landscape. My son likes to play “ding dong on the doorbell” underneath them. It is a game where I ring a tree bark doorbell to enter and visit him in his safe and cozy tree house.
The oak trees in our neighborhood do not drop all their leaves in winter. I learned that it is a natural condition called marescence. Some experts believe that this protects the overwintering buds on the trees.
Trees in winter are beautiful because they remind me that true strength is revealed in adversity and new growth requires pruning and protection.