Kind of amazing, right? That grey sky behind it has gotten under my skin as these January days stretch out before me, but if the sky was blue, it’s unlikely I would have paid much attention to this fine specimen of a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. Also known as a Corkscrew Hazel or Contorted Filbert—genus/species, Corylus avellana.
We planted one of these peculiar beauties with J’s placenta in our Missouri front yard nearly eight years ago. Kind of the perfect tree for a peculiarly wonderful boy.