My favorite day of the year is here. To explain, my favorite day is the day the Horse Chestnut tree in my yard open’s its leaves. The leaves go from a big webby bud to a hand-sized compound leaf in about one day. It’s pretty amazing and beautiful to witness.
The Horse Chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, is actually a transplant from a small mountain area in the Balkans.
Soon 20-50 tiny orchid-like flowers will bloom and perfume the air. A few of these will produce a spiky green capsule that contains the beautiful glossy brown nut known as a “conker’. I’m guessing because they conk you on the head when they fall from the tree.