Category Archives: In The Woods


I notice weird bumps on the stems of plants, especially wild blackberries. Doing a bit of research, they must be galls - tissue damage caused by insects.  I found quite a bit of information Here. It also gave me some enlightenment on odd bumps and such on my oaks and other things I have noticed in my woods.  This is probably the plant's attempt to replace tissue around insect damage. Read more [...]

Pine Seedlings EVERYWHERE!

It is really an amazing thing, pine seedlings are everywhere in the spring.  These are some small seedlings that I dug up because they were in the way in a garden bed.  This pic is a few weeks old - they all made it and are several inches taller now.  I can't help myself, when I turn over the garden beds, I can't help but dig up nice looking seedlings and replant them in pots and grow them in the greenhouse until this fall or next spring and plant them all over the place.  I currently have a Read more [...]

A Buckeye Update – They All Made It!

Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout.  The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots.  I'm very pleased.  The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem. Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first.  (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right) I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway.  It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]

Baby White Oaks

This past fall was the year most of the giant white oaks around here dropped their acorns.  Since they only do this every 2 or 3 years, I gathered a few hundred of the acorns - at least half of them after they started to sprout all over the ground.  For many of those acorns sprouting all over the place, I walked thru the woods and planted them here and there, giving them a chance to grow - they won't be able to grow up under the big trees in the yard where they  sprouted..  For the chosen few Read more [...]

It’s Mushroom Time In The Woods

Yesterday during my walk thru the woods, I took a few pictures of the mushrooms that have popped up all over the past few weeks. These pink tops are numerous.  They just pop up and if there are leaves over them, they just push it all up out of their way, still hanging on the mushroom. The tiny red berries are dogwood tree seeds - this little guy is under a dogwood tree. Read more [...]