Conifers are not flowering plants, but they do produce male and female cones that exchange pleasantries, i.e. pollen, i.e. sperm cells in the spring. And because they are pollinated by the wind, the male cones have to produce copious amounts of pollen grains. Talk about casting your bread upon the waters.
Have you ever noticed that there is a lot of pleasantries being exchanged at this time of the year?