Horse Chestnut

03 May

chestnut leavesMy 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.

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