|Catalpa tree in bloom|
|Ooh, baby, that's tall!|
This is one of four or five Catalpa trees I have on our property. It stand...oh, it must be at least six or seven Glories* high. I'll have to ask Tommy. He's much better at guessing height.
*For a complete guide to the Glory Scale visit Seeds and Weeds where you will find an astonishingly accurate chart--and possibly one invented with the help of a large quantity of vodka.
|Last year's seed pod still clinging to the tree|
What I love about this tree is the huge heart-shaped leaves, the string bean type seed pods it produces and its lovely orchid-like flowers with a wonderful perfume.
The seed pods are edible and were a staple of the diet of the Delaware
Indigenous people. I noticed these pretty trees when I first moved to
Pennsylvania many moons ago. They grew wild along highways and at first
I just called them string-bean trees which unknown to me was precisely
what most other people called them. Aptly named, don't you think?
|Pretty catalpa flower|
|Almost like an orchid|