Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oaks in flower

It's another sign of spring.

I was up on the roof this afternoon to clean the gutters and take care of any pruning needs and was delighted to see the live oak closest to the house covered in "blooms." Most of the time, they're so inconspicuous you don't even notice them. They remind me of tiny catkins.



7 comments:

James Missier said...

That must be interesting - to see these flowers slowly turning into acorns.
Its said oaks only friut after a 100 years - is it true??

Penny McCrea said...

Hi, James. Nope, it's not true! It may take 100 years to get a really majestic tree, though. :)

NanaK said...

Oh my. My allergies kick into high gear during oakbloom. You are located a bit south of me which means the bloom season comes earlier than it does here. I have several live oaks and love them except during the month of March. They are magnificent trees with many great attributes. They are a native plant and provide wildlife food and refuge which makes the garden a very interesting place. I can live through one month of discomfort easily enough. But that picture of the blooms made me cringe a little.

Penny McCrea said...

Nana: I sympathize. The one that used to get me, but has stopped bothering me for the last few years, is mango blossom. And they're about to bloom next.

TOG said...

It might have been for the 14th. But come anyhow. We usually get there about 9. I think it is from 8 to 12nooon. The Coral Gables Market is really nice.

Susan said...

These blooms are not my favorite...sinus allergies! I wish I could leave town for the next couple of weeks. :-)

debsgarden said...

Isn't it great to see signs of spring? I don't have allergies, thankfully.