Skip to main content

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?

 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!!!


  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!!

    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??

  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.

  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.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Spring Bride Duet

For a wedding gift to me, my husband bought me the Spring Bride Duet - a combination of Cosmopolitan Darwin Hybrid tulips and Stainless Daffodils. We planted them in the fall of 2015, and they have faithfully come up each year. I thought the daffodils and tulips were a good combination for us in case the deer ate the tulips, the daffodils would still be standing. Also, tulips can fade over time but daffodils multiply. So far, both have come up faithfully, and beautifully, each year, and the deer have left them alone. I would buy Darwin Hybrids again - they have really strong stems and huge flowers! The Cospmopolitans color changes over the time they are up. They come up a pale peach/pink, and then slowly shift to a brighter pinkish/red.

Beautiful Balsam

Last spring I started most of my garden vegetables and flower annuals from seed. We purchased a grow table from Gardeners Supply, which overall worked really well to start the seeds. I knew going into it that some of the seed experiments would be successes and some failures. I used seeds from at least 3 different companies and I also found that seeds from certain companies were more successful than others - here's one of the successes.

When we moved into our house in 2010, some beautiful purple flowers began blooming in August - they had a unique structure to them in that the blooms were nestled under the leaves. We really liked them, and my husband called them "Underflowers".  I researched and found that they were Balsam. Here's a previous blog post on those pretty purple ones. Balsam is a species of Impatiens, and they are a delightful, easy to grow annual. At first I didn't realize they were an annual, because the next couple of years they appeared as well, b…

Crocus from Heaven

The Crocuses appeared a couple of weeks ago, sentinels of beauty and Spring. They are infused with heavenly light. They are Easter. They are delicate yet durable vessels which are visible to us as well as those in the next world, they carry us from winter into spring; gateways between the here and now, and times to come. Welcome Crocuses!

The striped are the Pickwick variety: