A huge snowstorm blew throught the northeast on October 29th, so early in the season that many of our trees were still leafed out. All that extra surface area meant the trees collected way more snow than normal, resulting in massive damage. Even a week and a half later, thousands of people are still without power. For the most part, people are dealing with it quite well, even with the lack of heat and hot water. Brr! But there are an awful lot of unhappy gardeners here who have lost multiple beloved trees. Their losses might be best illustrated by these photos sent in by Scott Hokunson, a landscape designer (and good friend of mine) in Granby, Connecticut. Scott says, “Our community is heartbroken over the damage done to the Granby Oak, as it has stood as a symbol for the town of Granby for centuries. You can find out much more info on the link below, as well as pictures of it in better times.”
So sad! I didn’t realize at first how big that tree is until I noticed the people in the photos. Wow! Scott has more photos of the storm and the resulting damage on his Flickr page. Check it out.
Also, if you live in the northeast and lost trees, commiserate in the comments below. I’ll start–I have a decades-old, gorgeous Japanese maple in my back yard that lost probably 40% of its branches. Luckily, we trimmed off the damage, and it’s not completely ruined. A massive old maple behind our barn lost major limbs. I’m scared to go back there and see what it looks like now…Luckily, the huge red maple in front of our house didn’t crush our house!