Romie and I take walks on a pretty regular basis here, weather permitting. This morning, the third day of Indian Summer, not only permitted walking, it virtually demanded it. When you know that days like this are in short supply, you just don't want to waste them. So, we headed out and down the road towards the wooded area we frequently explore.
Whenever I walk down the road, my eyes are always scanning the ditch banks and the fields for things I may have missed on earlier walks. I discovered an apple tree - with apples! - earlier this summer that I couldn't believe I'd not noticed before. No matter how observant I think I might be, it seems there's always something new to see.
And don't you know? We were no more than half a mile from home and I noticed a small tree growing on the ditch bank with some deep pink seed pods that looked strangely familiar, yet I'd not seen them there before. Hmmm... just where had I seen them? And then it came to me.
Yesterday, I was reading a blog post by Cheryl (My Wildlife Sanctuary), who lives in the U.K. She had been out on a walk too, and had seen some deep pink seed pods and wondered what they were. She had never seen them before either. Gail (Clay and Limestone) popped in to identify the pods, although she said Frances (FaireGarden) deserved the credit for the ID.
And you doubted the power of garden blogging??
Cheryl's mystery tree was Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaeus), and since I'm not in Europe where this is native, I thought it might be unlikely this is what the tree is that's growing in our ditch. But this has been introduced to the U.S. and it has become invasive in some areas. I saw five small trees scattered along the ditch bank.
Its American native counterpart could be American Spindle Tree (Euonymus americanus) or Eastern Wahoo (Euonymus atropupurea), both common in our part of the country, but the seed pods vary a bit in color and texture.
How many times has that happened to you? You've never seen or heard about a certain thing before, then you do, and within a short time you encounter it yourself. There has to be a name for such an occurrence. Is there?