Springtime and catkins

In the corner of our garden is a large thorn tree. A very large thorn tree.

It was big when we moved into this house 30 years ago come December, but it is now much bigger. And for the last three weeks it has been in its spring livery of yellow catkins.

Thorn tree with yellow catkins

Thorn tree with yellow catkins

The catkins are now almost ready to disappear, and the first shoots of green leaves are beginning to appear at the end of the branches. Soon the tree will be dressed in summer green.

The first shoots of green leaves are beginning to appear at the end of the branches

The first shoots of green leaves are beginning to appear at the end of the branches

And this is what it looked like last month, on 21 September.

Catkins on the thorn tree, September 2014

Catkins on the thorn tree, September 2014

In summer it is all green, and sometimes a resting place for butterlies on their migratio9n to Madagascar, or wherever it is they go. The catkins will turn to seedpods, and before we know it, it will be autumn again, and it will be a different shade of yellow, and the brown seedpods dropping all around.

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3 Responses

  1. ApiesDoring? Ours have been dropping seed pods for the last month or so. Maybe it’s really a different microclimate dowm here.
    Love,
    T in J

    • Maybe yours is a different species — Joburg usually seems to be a week to two behind us in these things. By the time the thorn tree has finished flowering, the jacarandas should be in full bloom.

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