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Fruits of Labor

It's Labor day, and nature is beginning to produce the fruits of all its Labor this summer. Thinking about all the work that's gone into producing a single berry - growth of flowery blossoms, all the bees and hummingbirds that pollinated them, the constant photosynthesis working 24 hours a day. I bet it doesn't seem much like work to the birds, bees, and trees. There is joy behind it all.
Old Glory waving in the front archway:
 Cucumbers and Tomatoes - still harvesting.
 Cross section of one of the beefsteaks. It tastes as good as it looks:
 Acorns from the Oak in front:
 Shagbark hickory nuts. Anyone know good things to do with them?

 Crabapples:
 This shrub has gorgeous flowers in early summer, and sage-colored leaves. Now beautiful orange berries. I haven't identified it yet. Anyone know what it is?
 We grew only 6 stalks of corn and had all the ears for dinner the other night. A white corn.
Happy Labor Day All!!!

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  1. oh boy...those orange berries belong to a very invasive shrub, the Tatarian honeysuckle. The birds eat the berries and spread the shrub and it's choking out the native forests!!

    http://www.invasive.org/weedcd/species/3043.htm

    I included the link so you can check it out!
    I cannot recall ever seeing the Shagbark Hickory, though our street is named after it! How awesome to have all those acorns, what can you do with them??

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  2. Sissy, thank you for this. It alarmed me, and I've just looked at lots of pics of the Tatarian Honeysuckle and I believe this may NOT be one. The berries on my shrub are not round - they are sort of oval, and larger than what the TS berries seem to be - also a lighter color. The leaves do not seem to match. Tomorrow I'm going to take better pics of it - both leaves and berries, and I'l post them. Hopefully we can confirm yay or nay. I'm crossing my fingers.

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  3. Things to do with acorns:
    - donate to the squirrels, I feel they belong to them anyway.
    - make some wreaths, possibly.
    - all kinds of other crafts online, such as napkin rings, frames, candle holders.
    - This article is very interesting - how to harvest and eat them - and the nutritional benefits they hold. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/clay79.html

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