Category Archives: Trees

Making maple syrup

I love maple syrup.  Living in the mountains of western North Carolina, I see lots of red maple trees but have yet to find a group of sugar maple trees.  I always  “knew” that sugar maple sap is the ingredient … Continue reading

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White pine blessings

I’ve been reading about Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and how its needles (with Vitamin C) can be used to make pine tea.  Today I also found a recipe for pine oil, pine oxymel and pine salve (reportedly useful with … Continue reading

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Asking for help to cut down tree

A black locust tree — which a few years ago was a small sapling and was now a nearly twenty-foot tall tree — needed to come down.  I had confirmed this decision with the Deva of the Garden.  Since the … Continue reading

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Fraser magnolia

Last year I received information during a nature coning to plant a fraser magnolia (Magnolia fraseri) in a new space on the property.  Here’s a view of that small tree when I first transplanted it to the new “shade garden.” … Continue reading

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Sweet gum goodness

I used to live in a house which had lots of black locust trees in the yard — along with one good-sized sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua).  Although folks complained about the “gum balls” which dropped on the ground and … Continue reading

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Woods wandering

On this gorgeous fall day I decided to wander the woods in an area I infrequently visit — the slope above my house.  I found two of these American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees.  No, they are not large because most … Continue reading

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