Watching Plants

I love to watch plants. They move so slowly, I can keep up with them. Chuckle. Lately, I’ve been watching some Saskatoon bushes (Amelanchier alnifolia) that I planted from seed two years ago. Their buds are swelling. The terminal buds are just about bursting and fuzzy. It turns out the new growth is fuzzy for a while so it’s probably not a flowering bud.

As a result of searching the web for information on when Saskatoons flower, I found PlantWatch, an organization that has been collecting such data for ages. They were started by government, passed to academia and now they’re back in government. I downloaded their data for Manitoba for the last 20 years and learned that Amelanchier alnifolia flowers as early as mid-April far to my west and as late as the first week of June. Around here, the usual date is the first week of May, imminent! It’s about the same time dandelions flower and a couple of weeks before lilacs and chokecherries flower. The little darlings look so fat and juicy, anything is possible! Of course, they are too young for sex and I should knock off any blooms that happen but perhaps I shouldn’t. Think of the bees…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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