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Observation…

I first remember seeing this tree cutting weeds out of beans for my sister when I was a youngster-many years ago! There was a row of these trees at the start of the bean field next to the road. There were strange looking green balls the size of a grapefruit hanging on to the branches.I asked my sister the name of the tree-we did not have them in the town we lived in. She called it a “hedge-row” tree and those were hedge row oranges. Now I knew. Fast forward to the city trail where I ride and look for weeds there is a hedge row tree. I have seen this tree many times and you know what-I need to do a little study.

Bio:

  • osage orange tree-also known as monkey ball,bow wood,horse apples,bodark,wild orange just to name a few.
  • from the mulberry family-Maclura pomifera-native to N.A. from the Plains to Canada.
  • pre-historic survivor
  • dense wood,thorny,messy-used by farmers for wood,fuel, and the Native Americans for bows.
  • also used for hedge rows to keep cattle in the pasture.
  • grows maybe to 50′ tall
  • the “orange” has been used to keep the bugs away in the house!
  • do not eat
  • sold on Etsy for $2

Research:

  • old.post-gazette.com,resilence,org, my sis MD.thanks for reading tim’s weed patch!

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pics by td-thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!

Thoreau for your Monday…

It is only a reflective mind that sees reflections .I am aware often that I been occupied with shallow and commonplace thoughts—looking for something suprficial when I did not see the most glorious reflections through exactly in (the) line of my vision…When we are enough abstracted this opaque earth reflects images to us.Journal November 1857.

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pic by td-thanks for stopping by today-happy monday!

 

More final beauty…

The weed becomes beautiful in another way as it turns into it’s pod stage. This quote from Jane Embertson explains her idea:”To me, the empty seed container-the pod-is another of nature’s works of art, as beautiful as the flower and as unique in its own form”.The pod of the curled dock-Rumex crispus-shows us it’s beauty below.

The “dock” blooms June-August growing .3-1.2m(1-4 ft) with flowers that are clusters of yellow and green. The leaves are lance shaped with wavy edges. It is found in roadsides,pastures, and disturbed areas(my fave). Moths and birds eat the seeds for fuel in the winter. The pods develop in mid July lasting into fall. The pods can be made into arrangements using the husky spikes.

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pic by td-thanks to Jane Embertson’s book “Pods” and thanks for stopping by today!td

 

You all know this one…

The pods from the narrow-leaved cat-tail(Typhia-nagustifolia) make nice arrangements. Inside the container are fluffy hairs where caterpillars lay there eggs and stay in the winter.

Flowers:

  • Bloom: May-July up to 2.4 m tall(8′)
  • Flowers: Yellow male spikes
  • Leaves:long and blade like
  • Habitat:marshes,water edge, ditches-holding down the earth

Pods:

  • Mid July-Aug
  • Pick when pollen disappears
  • Spray as soon as they are brought or you will have fluff all over.

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thanks as always to Jane Embertson book “Pods”, top pic by td, arrangement from CraftOutlet.com,thanks for stopping

 

Thoreau for your Wednesday…

It is remarkable how little any but a lichenist will observe on the bark of trees. The mass of men have but the vaguest and most indefinite notion of mosses, as a sort of shreds and fringes, and the world in which the lichenist dwells is much further from theirs than one side of this earth from the other…Each phase of nature, while not invisible, is yet not too distinct and obtrusive. November 8,1858.

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pic by td-i am going to add lichens,moss, and fungi to my study-thanks for reading Thoreau today!

 

Looks nice in a clump…

Grasses can be added to the final beauty of weeds. Grasses are found growing in clumps in a variety of colors. The grass family-Poaceae- is the fifth largest family of plants with 12,000 species covering 40% of the earth.This includes the cereal crops-corn,rice,barley,and bamboo. The pic below is Giant foxtail-Setaria faberi:

Flora:

summer annual,.6-1.2m tall(2-4 ft),blooms mid summer,found in sunny areas, my neighbors yard,junkyards(that is a new one for me), my neighbor’s yard.

Faunal:

insects like foxtail as well as livestock will eat it as well,birds will munch on the seeds for fuel.

Pods:

the plant adds a ‘wispy” accent to dried arrangements.

 

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflowers and wikipedia for help; definition of fuanal:the animal life of a region(i learned something today) and thanks for stopping by today!