20 March 2006

Musings for Monday

The road from my apartment intersect the main road where you can get a jeepney or cab to other places. Right smack in the intersection is a stately old tree. I was quite surprised when 4 days ago, it was brighter than usual in that area. And then I realized that the tree was shedding its leaves! Everytime a breeze wafted by, leaves would fall in all directions.

I was quite alarmed. Never in my 9 years stay here can I recall that tree doing that. Is it dying? I crossed the street and took a photo. you can see the leaves by the roadside. There were lots more on the road and opposite sidewalk.

Then, this morning, I was delightfully surprised to see the same tree looking so young with its new sprout of bright-green leaves. In just 4 days! Oh joy!
Question: do trees periodically shed off their leaves to grow new ones?


We bought some sunflower seeds in Baguio while I was getting ice cream for Jo-Lo's 9th month birthday last Saturday. The words inscribed on the packaging was amusing, one worthy of sharing with you. Click on the image below to read the labels.

Just what is the "mysterious recipe"? I'm all giddy with excitement. Yeah. Over a packet of sunflower seeds. "Ha, tasty!"

"Bravo! they all applauded the awesome tastes." Yeah. Over a packet of sunflower seeds.
Have a good week, everyone!


  1. Anonymous7:32 pm

    hmmmmm... honga no, in just 4 days?

    natawa ako sa sunflower seeds, hehe

  2. I'm guessing it is a non-native tree to the Philippines. Do you happen to know what kind of tree it is? Perhaps a close up picture of the bark and a leaf?

  3. ALL trees shed their leaves or needles, even evergreens such as pines and spruces. These coniferous trees don't lose their needles all at once, but they replace them just as ALL trees must.

    Here in the tropics I've noticed that some trees, the mahogony for instance, drops its oldest leaves during the dry season. I've noticed that the new leaf buds arrive before this happens and so it takes just a few days for the tree to regain it's "full head of leaves."

    I'm not an expert on tropical trees, but you probably never noticed before that it had shed. Believe me, it did. Right now, I wake up every morning to a street full of leaves from a host of different "shedders." As you said, it took only a couple days for the already developed buds to completely leaf out.

    Another possibility is your tree was "over due" to shed its old leaves. We've had a fairly wet dry season, so mother nature told the tree its "safe" to go ahead and drop the whole load. Trees are pretty smart, di ba?

  4. Wow! Spring in Pinas! Hehe.

  5. hey watson. i guess trees really do that.. ngayon mo lang talga napansin. at yung sunflower seeds mo, nakakatawa! bravo??? anu ba yun..

  6. Lino, ano kaya yung mysterious ingredient? Can't help it but to open all the sunflower seeds until ubos na..

    Hello Ed. Sure, will try to get a closer shot and post it here.

    Phil, it did feel like autumn! But with that sole tree doing the shedding.

    Abaniko! Three seasons na tayo!

    Nice ano, dessagirl? They applauded for the mysterious recipe!

  7. Sir Nick, error tagboard mo eh.

    Sabi mo kc sa email piso per page yun pinadala mo, kaya P4 utang ko syo..hehehe.

    Link kita dun ha?

  8. Well, it is spring now here in North America.

    I didn't realize that trees also shed leaves there in the Phils. And as philippinephil said, I've also noticed evergreens here sprout new leaves every once in a while. It's noticeable because the older leaves are really dark green and the new ones are lighter.

  9. Ann, thanks sa link! nakalimutan ko na yung nasabi kong cost nung comics! :-)

    Niceheart, I was imagining how it is like to have autumn and spring. Lalo na sa Japan. Cherry blossoms!


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