When I found the catkins on the ground in the woods, I thought they came from the Cottonwood tree. But when I got home and tried to find a picture of them, I thought they might be from a poplar.
Now I just don’t know. I’ve been going round and round online and in my field guide, but haven’t been able to figure it out.
As much as I love to walk in the woods and pay attention to the trees around the farm, I’m finding that I know very little. Now I’m not even sure the two catkins are from the same tree. The yellow flowers look like tiny peppers. Maybe one flower is the female and the other male. Because that’s what these tiny buds are, flowers turning to seed.
Perhaps someone reading this knows what tree these come from. Or perhaps I’ll discover it myself as I learn more about the Orphaned Woods. I know the more I pay attention to the woods around me, the more I’ll learn.