Category Archives: Plants

The Extraordinary Wildfires of 2016

When wildfires began to occur around mid-October and greatly increased in November, I saw right away that fires were behaving differently from what we were used to seeing. They were burning hotter and were harder to control. And then the … Continue reading

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Heavy Fruit Years

This fall appears to be a good year for acorns, and my pear tree produced such a heavy crop that there was a lot of limb breakage.  Fruit and nut production varies from year to year, and the reasons are … Continue reading

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Fall Colors and the Weather

Fall coloration of trees in our area is always looked forward to with anticipation. The presence of a large number of plants having brilliant fall foliage is more unusual than you think, as the only other places in the world … Continue reading

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Eating Acorns

Those under the age of 40 probably don’t remember Euell Gibbons, a promoter of eating food gathered from the wild.  He wrote a book that still sells well called Stalking the Wild Asparagus, and made commercials for Grape Nuts cereal … Continue reading

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Mountain Tea

This article came from my Mom sharing her experiences of growing up on a local Tennessee hillside farm back in the day before you could go to the store and find 10 choices of anything you want.  She knew how … Continue reading

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Raspberries

One of my favorite wild fruits to pick and eat is raspberries.  Folks have used them for jams and jellies for ages.  The most common raspberry in our area is the native black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis). Its most prominent identifying … Continue reading

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The Hornbeams

There are two trees common in our woods that don’t get much attention.  They are typically small trees that stay underneath the main canopy and make do with what sunlight they can get.  They have no timber value, but do … Continue reading

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