First, I wanted to more properly introduce our Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud). Last week's closeup of its exfoliating bark didn't quite give an accurate image of this tree in our winter landscape.
|Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) habit|
As I was looking at the redbud yesterday, I noticed where the bark had been peeled up along one of the lower branches. I suspect it was the result of one of our backyard squirrels, as I've seen similar damage on the red maple (Acer rubrum) the squirrels frequent. I'll be interested to see how this damage heals over, and whether it will leave a scar.
|Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' leaf scars and vegetative buds|
|Hylotelephium 'Matrona' stems and leaf scars|
Scars are not often mentioned in the same breath with beauty, but they can provide interesting texture and variety in the winter landscape, while providing clues to a plant's history and growth.
For additional photos from Week 2 at Cherry Creek, please see http://fromthesoilblog.shutterfly.com/seasons/5580.