Monthly Archives: October 2011

Burning Bush

Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus) Twenty years ago we planted Burning Bush by our house because of its great fall color. However, after years of enjoying it we have started to find new plants popping up all over the property. It … Continue reading

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American Beautyberry

American Beautyberry, (Callicarpa americana) The iridescent-purple fruits of the Beautyberry make it very attractive native shrub. We have some planted on the west side of the porch at the PGT Visitor Center. Bobwhite Quail are supposed to love the seeds. … Continue reading

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Seed Head, (Arisaema triphyllum) Walking the woodland trails this time of year I occasionally find the intensely red seed heads of Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I’ve never tried eating the seeds because I’ve read that they contain the calcium oxalate crystals which … Continue reading

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Black Walnuts

Black Walnut, (Juglans nigra) Black Walnuts are very common at the PGT in the rich bottomland soils along our creeks. Many nuts are produced every year but I tend not to eat them because they are very hard to open. … Continue reading

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Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress, (Taxodium distichum) Most trees with needle-like leaves are evergreens. One exception is Bald Cypress. The name “bald” comes from the fact that it is deciduous and looses it’s needles in the winter. Before the needles fall they briefly … Continue reading

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Hickory Nuts

Shagbark Hickory Nuts, (Carya ovata) Like much of Eastern and Central North America our forest is dominated by oaks and hickories. I have a hard time identifying hickories except for the Shagbark hickory. As it’s name implies, the bark separates … Continue reading

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch, (Sitta canadensis) The White-breasted Nuthatch is abundant here; I see them year-round. Red-headed Nuthatches are uncommon. Sometimes I see them for a few weeks in the fall or winter. This one is eating a sunflower seed it got … Continue reading

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Wild Persimmon

Wild Persimmon, (Diospyros virginiana) The fruits of the wild persimmon are just about ripe now. Even though they are common and our the biggest edible wild fruit I don’t eat them much. They are so astringent that they make my … Continue reading

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Northern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog, (Acris crepitans) This weekend I hiked in the stream bed of Hillers Creek. Since it has not rained in awhile is was mostly dry. Among the rocks and gravel small frogs jumped to get out of the … Continue reading

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First Fire of the Season

The weather got cool enough for us to have our first fire in our fireplace last night. It felt good.

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