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July 21, 2007. It is with great sadness that I must announce the loss of our dear friend Harry - or at least, the walking stick named after him. For a good number of years, our corkscrew hazel was good for a smile throughout the seasons, placed right along our front walkway. Bare-bones curliness in winter, catkins in summer - we liked our specimen, which had come to us by mail order from Oregon. It was always a favorite of the Japanese beetles, and last year they got it so bad they appear to have precipitated its decline and ultimate death. This spring, it leafed out only very tentatively, never got much green going - a few weeks ago, the small leaves that had developed curled up and went crispy. The life that remains sprouts from the uncontorted rootstock. Goodbye Harry.

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