Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ash Attack

When you look out the patio doors all seems calm if not a bit hot and dry what with the hose still strung out. On closer inspection you can see that it is the Ash tree is up to it's usual fall shenanigans.
No it isn't Emerald Ash Borer that is attacking as one might think, it is the Ash tree attacking my plants. Every fall when the Ash tree begins to send out it's seed it is a time of irritation to me and my poor plants.
If you take a close look around you notice the piercings.
 There is hardly a leaf that doesn't have a piercing.
 The poor leaf below seems to be trying to fold over to remove the sticker.
 It doesn't matter how large
or small, they get stuck.
Other than concrete nothing is safe, not even blooms.
The poor Staghorn fern looks like it has had an acupuncture treatment.
These seeds don't just pierce the thin skinned. They also pierce the meaty leaves as on this Kalanchoe.
So if you come by anytime soon. We won't be sitting on the patio. We will have to go out to the screen house to sit so we don't get a new piercing.
See you there.


  1. Fascinating post and lovely photos!

    Wishing you a smooth sailing week ~ ^_^

  2. Oh silly Ash Tree,
    I do admire your tenacious and somewhat nefarious spirit! <3 xoxo

  3. Nice screen house! Yikes, those piercings look painful. ;-) In my yard, it's the acorns, hickory nuts, and falling branches that are dangerous.

  4. My God, I had no idea ash trees did that. It's really quite villainous.

  5. OMG! That is one crazy tree. I'm glad these little darts aren't poisonous as well...can you even imagine??? Lawsy!

  6. I had no idea ash trees could do that! If it can pierce a succulent, then I don't think I would be sitting on the patio either:)

  7. Jason, it is a vicious tree at this time of year.
    Julie, What a thought, poisonous darts. ARGggg
    Rose, They are not comfortable when they poke you.

  8. Sorry Lisa, this had me in stitches.
    I can imagine you and DB hiding from the darts.
    Hope Annie is safe......

    The highs and lows of gardening.

    Have a great weekend and be careful out there :)

  9. Beautiful photos. You have a lovely blog.

  10. Ha! It's always something. At our house it's piercings from pine needles. Amazing how sharp they are. And then general bombardment from pine cones and Honey locust pods. No question that it's Fall.

  11. It's as if the tree was using a bow and arrows!


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