Anyone whose yard contains either Red Oaks or Live Oaks will understand that this is the time of the "Fuzzies". The oaks are finishing up their pollen cycle and disposing of their catkins (these pendulous formations are the male flowers of the oak tree, casting their pollen to the winds in hopes of finding a female oak flower or, at least, the nose of an allergy sufferer). The catkins, having changed their original green coats for a that of a dull brown, are no longer necessary and thus raining down like...well, like rain. Covering everything in a layer of stringy brown fuzzies.
Areas recently cleared of Live Oak leaves are once again an inch deep in brown. The fuzzies will pile up in flower bed corners or cover your sidewalks. After any garden work, your spouse will be picking them out of your hair and off of your clothes. And you'd better catch the outside dog before it enters the house or you'll be cleaning up fuzzies from all over your carpet. But no matter how careful you attempt to be, the fuzzies will get inside.
The succulents, with their layered leaves, are particularly vulnerable to fuzzie attacks.
And this year's Dyckias are no slouch at capturing fuzzies either.
Even water plants are not immune.
Fuzzies will bury leaf and flower alike.
Another fine mess I've gotten myself into...