Yesterday I found my first Tulip flower of the spring. Today I found many more on my walk through south Oak Park:
In Rehm Park I found a completely different plant that bears the “tulip” name. The Tulip Tree is a magnolia, planted in these parts but native farther south in Illinois. This year’s buds were opening; the dry remnants of last year’s fruits also graced the tree:
If you can’t wait for our Oak Park tree to bloom, go here to see Tulip Tree flowers. You’ll see dozens of male and female parts in each flower, compared with the six male and single female part in the garden Tulip (as shown two photos above).
Speaking of sex, ten days ago I showed the male flowers of a Red Maple (go here to see the complete post):
Today, also in Rehm Park, I found a female Red Maple in bloom:
These male and female trees are separated by more than half a mile, but maple pollen travels easily on spring breezes. (That’s why it’s being detected at the pollen counting station in Melrose Park.)