Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Sing to the Tune of.....What Kind of Fool Am I?
What kind of tree is this? I like the leaves, but the nuts on this tree make my life a living hell in the summer.
They are small, fig-shaped nuts with a wonderful aroma. At night, the squirrels open the nuts and leave the residue on my deck. The pieces are sharp as tacks, so if you walk on the deck barefoot, you think you have stumbled onto a bed of nails.
I sweep it all away, only to be confronted with a new mess in the morning. What's a girl to do? I've pondered having the tree cut down, but it leans out so gracefully over the deck, providing a nice canopy of leaves and shade. I guess I'll have to learn to live with it - but I'd like to know what it is I am living with! Any botanists want to weigh in with a diagnosis?