Have you noticed these clumps of…things?
This is a tough one, so give it your best shot!
Sorry I’m so slow today. The later hours for daylight are throwing off my schedule. June 21 is right around the corner!. So if you took a close look, you might have picked up a clue.
Maple samaras–seeds–cover the mulch here as well. The clumps are the stems which hung the samaras! Really. I have no idea how they get rolled together like a western tumbleweed, but they do, and once they are, they stay together.
This Red Male tree is a street tree, large and mature, planted back in the 1970’s. Which explains why there are so many samaras and samara stems.
And baby maple trees!