More “Snow”

As one of our bloggers mentioned in the last post, there is another kind of snow lying around these days. I found some just down the street. I believe this huge tree is a cottonwood or its relative, a grey poplar. Its  fuzz-covered seeds now fill the air and lie on the sides of the road, looking like real snow.


The black cottonwood that I’ve seen in Montana has darker bark, and leaves that are more rounded than those of this tree. This is why I wondered about it being a grey poplar instead, although they are still related.

The fluffy bits are like cotton balls, and maybe this is where the cottonwood got its name.


I’m so glad this snow will eventually blow away and that we don’t have to shovel it. Quite possibly it makes good fluff for lining a bird’s nest.

Do you have any fake snow where you live?

31 thoughts on “More “Snow”

  1. Val

    Yes, the birds will use it to line their nests. That and – if you have any around – sheep wool and any other animal hair.
    We don’t have cottonwood trees in the UK (that I know of) but recently the air has been filled and the ground covered with similar fluff from a willow tree we have in our garden (yard).

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  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross

    When I lived in southern Alberta I saw a lot of it from cottonwoods from mid to the end of May (and sometimes later if it was a cool spring) but unfortunately most of the birds were sitting their eggs by then. People with allergies could really be bothered by it. But yes, a very snowy effect. 🙂

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  3. atkokosplace

    The only “fake” snow I can see are the hundreds of white clover blossoms all over my property. It’s beautiful (to me!) and it smells so sweet. I leave it so the bees can feast on them! 🙂

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          Dogs help us get out into the world and they remind us that we have other things to think about besides ourselves. I could easily sleep in but the dogs won’t allow that, and even if I groan at first, when I am outside and see what a beautiful morning I might have missed, I’m thankful for the dogs.



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