Thursday, December 2, 2010

Corkscrew Hazel

Hazel has lost her leaves for the winter, revealing her resplendent inner beauty beneath.

I absolutely love this twisted sister. The droopy leaves in the summer have people constantly asking if the bush is dying, but no, no, no, no, Hazel is very much alive. She's just more complex in her countenance than the commonly perfect bushes that surround her. I think people are like this too. The more they divert from the norm, the more interesting they are.

Artists recognize Corkscrew Hazel's true beauty. Her distorted branches are a favorite of florists. But it turns out veggies love her too.

I used some of Hazel's crooked branches as stakes for my peas this year. The peas instantly gravitated to her, ignoring the straight and narrow bamboo stakes that came first.

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