How Cold is It?
How do you know when it’s cold? Like, really cold?
When the rhododendron’s leaves are curled.
This is more fun than looking at my thermometer.
It was 23-degrees Fahrenheit when I took these photos. The leaves open up when the sun warms them.
Here’s a little bit of reading on this thermotropic phenomenon. Interestingly, it’s an indicator of leaf temperature, not the air temperature. A good explanation for why the leaves relax in sunlight, despite the persistence of low air temperature.
Do you pay attention to rhododendron leaf curling? What other plant phenomenon do you find interesting?