Yesterday I pruned the apple trees - much needed, as they were bearing so much fruit that none could mature to a good size. These are trees grafted onto dwarf stock and planted 10 years ago. They are never sprayed, and so don't bear beautiful fruit, but we use the apples for baking. One tree is 'Liberty' and the other is 'Freedom'.
My favorite aspect of the trees, aside from their flowers, is their extraordinary bark. Patches of gray, silver, taupe, olive green and pink.
I like the bark of this seedling crape myrtle too. It's the old Lagerstroemia indica, not a faurei hybrid, a seedling of a seedling of Pink Lace. It has huge flowers trusses of ruby red/pink, and this smooth-as-skin bark. Alas, it has not demonstrated any fall color, but I like it anyway.
It was a beautiful winter day, windy but sunny. A few Prunus mume flowers -- whose buds somehow lasted the cold a few weeks ago -- looked lovely against the blue sky.