Thursday, March 15, 2012

I NEED A BOTANY MAJOR

One of my most favorite things to do this time of year is walk around the yard and see what's blooming. Today it was hyacinths, lilies of the valley, jonquils, violets--purple and pale yellow, poisonous ornamental strawberries, dandelion, forsythia, assorted weeds, e.g., henbit and bluegrass. (I don't consider dandelion a weed because people who have given me dandelion flowers have always been people I adore.)

Then I came across this scary looking thing in one of the red cedar trees--my choice of Christmas trees, by the way, if I had a choice. Outdoor child that I was, I have never seen anything that looked like this. Anybody have any idea what it is?






You will be updated if I find out what it is...

2 comments:

whateverfor said...

Mistletoe is parasitic, so it could be what you're seeing - but I've never seen it look like *that* before!

Cheryl said...

I think I've gotten it narrowed down to a fungus called Apple-Cedar Rust. It starts out on apple trees (I have an orchard of one--tree, that is.) and somehow or other it needs a cedar to complete its life cycle. Apparently, it found one.