Saturday, May 5, 2012
Early Black Walnut
The black walnut tree at Graywood Farm is already leafed out. Usually we look for leaves on this particular tree right around Mother's Day, in the second week of May. This year the black walnut leaves have been out for about a week.
I stood under the tree on a foggy morning and aimed the camera up. That's why the leaves are translucent in this photo. The light came through the leaves in an etheral way. You can see the shape of the coming blossoms, too, and know that if the bees and other insects do their work, there will be quite a crop of walnuts again this fall.
Gardeners and botanists know that black walnut trees are alleopathic. Alleopathic plants give off a biochemicals that inhibit the growth of certain other plants in their surroundings. Grass grows very well under this tree, but we planted it away from the garden crops because the tree has its own natural herbicidal function built right into it by nature.
Wanda Hayes Eichler