Monday, May 17, 2010

Incense Cedar...

It was rather startling to be poking around my garden, seeing what was in bloom and what else was going on when suddenly there were these sea creatures staring back at me. But, no that couldn't be. Sea creatures don't grow on trees.

These Things have appeared on my Calocedrus decurrens. They seem to be sort of jelly-like or rubbery. And they are rather disconcerting. Not at all what you would expect to see on an evergreen tree.

I've been told that they are the blooms for the Incense Cedar trees. But I am a little skeptical. I mean, really, have you ever seen a flower that looks like this? Maybe I haven't been around enough. (I call this one The Blob, though I've never seen that movie.)

And what about this one? Don't you think that it looks like it is hiding, lurking, waiting for some unsuspecting garden lover to walk by so it can attack?

Have a beautiful day!


dp said...

That isn't a cedar flower. It is a Cedar Apple Rust gall. We had them on cedar trees here two or three weeks ago.

Ruth said...

Ha! So I was RIGHT to be skeptical! Thanks, dp! :)

Connie said...

Darryl didn't mention it, but they don't harm the Cedar trees. Now apparently they are harmful to apple trees. In some states they used to have laws that if your Cedars developed this within 1 or 2 miles of apple trees, you had to cut the Cedars down.