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Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay
This week as I have wandered about, I noticed that the evergreens, white pines & some maples have been producing an abundance of cones. Some of the evergreens have so many that from a distance it looks as though the tree is dying. But it does seem that I was not the only one noticing as there was an article in our local paper about this written by a director of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. This abundant production of cones is called Masting. "trees will try to outsmart the seed predators like squirrels every once in a while producing these huge crops that there's no way the squirrels could possibly eat them all & that way there are going to be some left over to actually sprout & grow. Once sprouted they're pretty delicate & fragile & have to survive being eaten by deer & rabbits". The director went on to say "the abundance of seeds being produced could be intensified by last year's drought & the tree evolutionary survival mode kicked in this year."
|brown spots throughout the tree are cones all the way down the tree|
Mother Nature you are simply brilliant & amazing even though right now you seem to be having mood swings ... I'll say no more.