harry lauder
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.




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