Yes, I know I'm a little "out of season" here but I feel like shouting ~ I've found an old acorn cap. So yes,
Virginia Gail, there is are a Santa Claus acorns on my Bur Oak afterall. Maybe I should back up. Last fall, Gail showed some beautiful acorns she had collected from the Bur Oak in her garden. They were gorgeous, giant, furry specimens and it perplexed me even more as to why I haven't had any on mine. It was planted about 12 years ago and my only theory was it had to be a certain size/age to produce them?? Anyway, yesterday, during another one of our (frequent this year) severe storms, which produced wind gusts up to 80 mph, look what blew down:
It's an old acorn cap! That means there must have been at least a few acorns last year that I wasn't aware of. Maybe this year will be the year for the first real crop?? Here's what they look like on the tree so far:
Something seems different about them but I don't know what?? I'm hoping it's a difference that means they will develop into full blown acorns. In previous years, they get about this big, then turn brown and dry up:
Certainly these are not the beautiful acorns I know they have the potential to be. All of the sudden, I'm excited for fall. I am crossing my fingers/toes and everything in-between that my Oak tree will bear fruit this year.
PS I know this isn't as exciting for most of you as it is for me. I hope you'll humor me for posting about it ~ I've been waiting a long time for this to happen!