Over the next twenty years, Winnipeg’s population is set to grow to a million. An organization called Trees Winnipeg has started a project so the city will have planted an additional one million trees at the same time as its number of citizens reaches a million. A new snow sculpture at The Forks is advertising the initiative.
Seeing the tree sculpture at The Forks reminded me it had been some time since I had visited my trees so I decided to stop on my way home from The Forks and photograph each one. My regular blog readers will know that I adopted four Winnipeg trees last spring and have been recording their progress in posts throughout the year.
My lilacs are almost completely buried in snow.
The snow is definitely much deeper than the last time I visited as you can see from this picture. I’ve read lilacs are extremely hardy so all the snow shouldn’t be a problem for them.
In November when I wrote about my trees last my cottonwood still had a few stray leaves on it.
The leaves are all gone now. Look at the bare cottonwood behind me. I’ve learned that cottonwoods begin a kind of hardening process in the fall to help them survive the winter. The water inside the tree moves from its cells to spaces between the cells to make freezing of the cells less likely.
My aspen is looking just fine. During the winter aspen trees stand dormant and stop growing.
Without its leaves, my crabapple is almost camouflaged by its surroundings.
My four trees belong to a community of 3.3. million trees that are part of the Winnipeg landscape. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could another million trees to that number in the coming years?