I seem to be on a fencing rampage at the moment and every spare moment (in day light) is spent trying to get the fields fenced.
|Over grown willow|
In between the bottom field and the orchard there's a large, over grown willow growing in a boggy bit of land.
Where I grew up, they'd call a willow tree like this is a "Sally Tree" which I guess comes from it's Latin name salix although I doubt too many could tell you if it had or not. I've also heard it called a crack willow due to how the branches break with a crack. Willow trees are notorious for growing fast in wet boggy ground and they're ridiculously easy to root.
In fact in the old orchard where I grew up they staked every tree with willow posts (the people who had the land before dad) and most rooted so there's a lot of half apple - half willow trees about the place, although I think the willow is taking over slowly.
|Dad came to help yesterday - managed to get him to pose for a photo!|
To get the fence across this bit of field I had to - to use a technical term - "hack it back a bit". Any other tree I possibly wouldn't have been so chainsaw happy with, but I know this willow will come back in leaps and bounds with lots of whippy new growth at the ends of the branches I've cut.
|Pile of brash to sort out|
I need to tackle the other side of this tree at some point, as it keeps spreading further and further into the orchard, but at the moment this bit of a hair cut lets us get the posts in and gave me a bit of (not very good) firewood for the fire and a pile of brash to sort out.
Anyone else have any local names for willow trees?