Weekly Weather: Spring

Horse Chestnut leaves

These chestnut leaves have a special meaning for me. I found a chestnut on the ground beneath a tree and planted it in the garden and it began to grow in Spring. I realised that my little garden would be too small to have a chestnut tree dominating everything, and so I removed the growing tree to a large pot. This was about 15 years ago. I waited patiently for the first flower, but it was a long wait.

Last year, amidst all the debris from the building that was happening around my appartment, it decided to flower. Just one flower, but it was Spring and I hope this is the first of many Spring flowers on my horse chestnut.

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Weekly Weather: Spring

9 thoughts on “Weekly Weather: Spring

  1. How cute! We have a native California buckeye here that is twice deciduous, which means that it is bare in the winter and the summer. I don’t know how it does that. Anyway, I don’t like them in the landscape much, but I liked them in the forest around my home. They have a mild but buttery sweet fragrance.

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    • I learn constantly here. I did not know that horse chestnuts were known as buckeye in the states. In Switzerland we have two types. Mainly they are as ours and we feed the fruit to the animals. The second type grows in the warmer Italian part of Switzerland. The fruits have more pointed prickly spikes and they are those that we roast and eat.

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      • Ohio is the Buckeye State. I don’t know that buckeye. There are several species in North America. Ours is the weirdest, and probably the ugliest to those who don’t know it. I actually do not even like it in native landscapes. However, I like it at home, out in the forest. It is familiar.

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          • We learned that Aesculus X carnea is the popular buckeye in Europe, particularly in England, but it has brick red flowers. It looks like yours, but with red flowers. I know that there are different and prettier buckeyes or horse chestnuts there. Oddly, except for our local native, I have never seen any of the other American buckeyes. The red horse chestnut is also very rare, but should be more common because it is such a complaisant street tree. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. They might be complaisant because they do not grow well here. They get only about twenty or thirty feet tall.

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          • We have them mainly in red here, bu there are also the white variety. The chestnut I grew was from a white flowering tree. In England you see them everywhere, especially on the village green in the country.


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