Friday, March 06, 2009
Fruitless mulberry in bud in my yard
West Odessa, TX
Our average last Spring frost date is March 31. Shhh, don't tell Old Man Frost. He's been sleeping on the job this winter -- we've had only very short spells of cold weather. This week we've already reached 90 (F). And it's not even spring yet. Or summer -- which is going to be a long hot one, I'm athinkin'.
Here's a tidbit about this humble tree in my yard. The force with which the white mulberry catkins expel its pollen is more than half the speed of sound, "making it the fastest known movement in the plant kingdom." Achoo!