Добро пожаловать к этому международному месту открытки изображения. Benvenuto a questo luogo internazionale della cartolina di immagine. Καλωσορίστε σε αυτήν την διεθνή περιοχή καρτών εικόνων. Willkommen zu diesem internationalen Abbildungspostkarteaufstellungsort. Bienvenue à cet emplacement international de carte postale. Onthaal aan deze Internationale plaats van de beeldprentbriefkaar. Welcome to this International picture postcard site. (Please Click on the Picture for an Enlarged View)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catkins in Spring

A catkin, or ament, is a strand of tiny unisexual flowers, blooming on
many species of trees in a form that brings to mind the graceful trees
on a blue willow plate.

Trees with catkins include those of the Beech family (oaks,
chestnuts), the Willow family (willows, aspens, poplars, cottonwoods),
the Birch family (birches, alders, hornbeams), the Mulberry family,
and the Walnut family (walnuts, hickories). In the Willow family, both
male and female flowers occur in the form of catkins, and for most
species, a given tree has only one type, either male or female. In the
Willow genus (Salix species), many catkins are small and upright,
while cottonwoods and aspens have drooping catkins.

The catkins shown on the card on birch trees I Finland. This lovely
card was sent to me by my dear friend Pia.

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