Tree following, December 2018

Liz…As the black walnut tree that I’ve been following here in Lexington, Kentucky is unchanged from last month here’s an interesting use for the nuts.

This picture shows several have been incorporated into the base and sides of a miniature house which is part of an annual Christmas display that is held at the Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The work is done by artisans at Applied Imagination, Alexandria, Kentucky.  They use found materials such as nuts, dried leaves, seeds and twigs for their buildings.  There are about twenty exhibits around the US, and one in Canada, and there was a TV programme on the magnificent display at the New York Botanic Gardens.



Mike…Following on from from last month the medlars trees are now bare.

It was noticeable that the ripe fruit on the trees had been eaten by birds, and there was little sign of any fallen fruit within a few days.

Liz kindly sent me this medlar jelly webpage link, which she found interesting and funny.


Our usual thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  She has confirmed that she’ll be continuing to do so next year, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and maybe even follow one, please click on the link over on the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!


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15 Responses to Tree following, December 2018

  1. Jo says:

    Isn’t that building wonderful. Hard to imagine that it’s built with twigs, leaves and nuts. I wondered whether the birds would eat the medlars, I’m glad that there’s some use for the fruit as it’s not something I’d fancy eating myself.

  2. Caro says:

    There’s a large medlar tree that I walk past on my way down to Kentish Town; I noticed it was smothered in fruit this summer and I’m now wondering if those are picked or left for birds to enjoy. The tree sits near the street but in front of a large house so I’ll probably never know. Loved the David Liebowitz post, the finished jelly looks lovely, not dissimilar to my quince jelly!

  3. Jade says:

    Very interesting updates on both the creative use of the black walnuts and the jelly-making use of the medlar fruits.
    Good to know the medlars are not really that unloved. At least some people and birds appreciate them.
    Thanks and have a great weekend to you both!

  4. Brilliant variations on a theme!
    That’s a very gothic fairytale house.
    Hope the birds enjoyed the fruit – and the jelly link was fascinating.
    All the best 🙂

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  6. snowbird says:

    That house is just marvelous, glad the birds like those scary looking

  7. Liz says:

    Snowbird, I agree, that the house and all the other featured buildings are marvellous. Thanks, Liz

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