Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring has sprung even before winter is over - seeds of the elm

One of the first trees to recognize that Spring is here is the Elm. It blooms and sows its seeds before most trees even show buds for flowers. This happens right at Valentines each year.In the sunlight, the seeds can appear magnificent, and putting a light through them, one can see how they will be blown about by the wind and establish themselves far away. I have dozens of them coming up in the yard every year. A very prolific tree which migrating birds love. The leaves don't begin to appear until the seeds start to fall. Such an amazing tree!