The Day the Woods lit up with beauty

hobleWhat an embarasment of riches yesterday. Every year I wait for the day when there’s sooooo much to look at, admire, inspect and photo and it always sneaks up on me. Yesterday was that day.
Unfortunately yesterday and today so far was also a day when my revoloving pack of 3 laptops all went nuts, so I ordered a new one on Amazon today and I finally got this Acer (two years and two months I got out of it; not long, but I do use them hard, hard, hard) going enough that I can start to catch up.
so we’ll start with my favorite viburnum, Hobblebush, so named for tis tendnecy to root at nodes and hobbe cattle, etc.
No flowers four days ago and this now. But I was wondring why it seemed different and yesterday I could see that a large portion of the shrub had been felled by a good sized tree, so the flowers were on the ground. I pulled as much of the tree off it if as I could and freed it up as well as I couild.
The large “flowers” are in fact dummies: There’s nothing there except the fact petals; the actual flowers are the small ones in the middle. Thought is that this evolved as a showy attractor to pollinators. Highbush cranberry uses the same strategy.

Adirondack Shrubs:
Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides)

Shrubs of the Adirondack Mountains: Hobblebush along the Heron Marsh Trail at the Paul Smiths VIC (8 May 2013)
Adirondack Shrubs: Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) on the Heron Marsh Trail (8 May 2013)

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Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) is a native deciduous shrub which abounds in rich, moist woods throughout the Adirondack Mountains. It produces flat-topped clusters of fragrant white flowers in the spring. The clusters are 2-6 inches wide; the flowers on the outer edge of each cluster are much larger than those in the middle. The large showy flowers along the edge of the cluster are sterile, while the small inner flowers have both male and female parts. The heart-shaped leaves are prominently veined and finely saw-toothed, with rust-colored hairs on the undersides. The flowers are followed in September by red berries gradually changing to dark blue, and attractive bronze-red or purple foliage in the fall. The shrub grows to a height of three to six feet.

Hobblebush is a member of the Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae). The name Hobblebush refers to the fact that the plant has pendulous branches which form obstacles which easily trip (or hobble) walkers. This plant is also known as Witch-Hobble, Moosewood, and Alder-leaved Viburnum.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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