Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Orioles Singing in the Willows
The leaves have fallen from the Willows now, but the avenue of weeping Willows is rather stark as the leaves have fallen with the cold weather. The trunks of the trees have been painted white. I was told it was in part to keep them warm, but I also learn that the white paint has some chemical that kills parasites. I think this is in preparation for wrapping the trees in rope. The process is to keep the trees warm and strong during winter.
Between the avenue of Willows is some wonderful stone carvings with willows and birds. At the entrance is the round stone with the carvings of many birds (orioles) . You can read more about it here.
I have been there when the grass was a brilliant green, and the green leaves on the willows helped make a very pretty picture.