What Pecan Trees Know

Central Texas is due for a few more nights in the low 40s and upper 30s, but I belive we’ve seen the last hard freeze.  Pecans will not be fooled by a false spring.  Right now, buds are poised but the tender leaves are held tightly in place by protective scales.

Pecan (Carya illinoensis) leaf buds.

If you observe Pecan, we have four distinct seasons.  Winter is naked branch season.  Leaf buds and catkins are true Spring. Summer sun develops the pecans, and in Autumn the pecans and leaves fall to the ground, the squirrels need a treadmill, and it all begins again.

Meanwhile, the roses prepare new canes,

Rosa sp, var. “Penelope”

The arugula is thriving.

Arugula (Eruca vesicara)

After a good rain, I pick Cleavers to dry for a spring tonic tea.

Galium aparine

Here’s a dandy lion among his own.

Sir Walter Scott w/new Dandelions

A few more cold mornings will use the logs and kindling.  Rain alternating with bright sun and chilly air.  Don’t forget to observe the sky on these crisp days.

Sky through ash tree branches.

I like to think that no matter how much the world around us changes, the sky above is much the same as our ancestors saw.  Think of the Linda Hogan quote, “You are the result of the love of thousands.”

Hold that thought.  We’ll let you know when it’s safe to put in the tomatoes.

Donna Ellis (c) 2018  Please contact for permission to share or reprint.