Years ago, a seasoned Master Gardener told me, "Don't be fooled by the title "Master Gardener." You'll never master all of it."
So true! And I learn something new every single day. For instance....
A lovely tree in our back boundary has long, feathery light green leaves and smooth gray bark. Immediate identification: Sumac. Lovely texture against the broadleaf trees on either side. Will be spectacular in the fall when it turns red.
So, summer arrives and I notice that this tree does not have any flowers. Hmmm. Might be too soon.
|Sumac flowers in July|
|Sumac Berries (M.Ready, Wikipedia)|
A little research and I now understand that our sumac tree is male. I had no idea that these trees were gendered! Only the female trees produce those lovely red pyramidal blooms. As I said – learn something new every day.
I wonder if my guy is lonely...
|Spectacular autumn color!|