"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Plant Camp Monday's

I'm still working decorating with the orange colors. I don't know but as soon as the spooky holiday is over all the beautiful fall decorations are piled in a cart and ready to get rid of. Seems our wonderful Thanksgiving holiday is getting skipped over more and more.

I want this holiday to stretch out for a long time. I'm not ready for Red and Green yet , I still want orange, corn stalks, mums and pumpkins.

I also like to take the long country roads home and drive slow and see if I can find an ol fence loaded with bittersweet. Love to take clippings. Haven't done that for a long time sense there's bittersweet growing in the woods over at our other homestead.

Heres a pic of some I gather a couple of Autumns ago for decorations

The berries are reddish orange and then when cut they open to a beautiful bright orange very pretty.

I had heard somewhere that you can drink a tea made form them but also heard they are poisonous, so I'll just use as a decoration for now.

Heres some other pictures and also a link for some info on the plant. I haven't thoroughly read all the link so it might have some info on making a tea from the plant or some medical uses.



So do you have this growing on your homestead? Are you like me and want the Fall colors to stay around longer : )

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by the camp.

tc linda


  1. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  2. Yes, I am with you, Linda. The daily winds are spreading the leaves from the trees to just about everywhere else...it is fading much too quickly. I just adore the colors of fall.

  3. Hi Linda, is fall in your place much later than other areas then?
    Interesting berries, I'm not sure if they grow in the tropics.
    You have another homestead?

  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

  5. Thanks all for your comments

    Grandpa, we still have oak leaves still on the trees but a lot hang on all winter. We really are having a long Autumn. We have had ice storms in the middle of October, so this is a good one, need rain tho and suppose to get some tonight.

    The other homestead has the earthhome we built on 20 acres about 10 miles from here. We raised our kids and been there for 30yrs. Big house, 4000 sq ft for two ppl didn't make sense so we traded homes with our DD and her family. Left all my stuff for them to use and chickens too. I'll be helping with the gardens over there and get them started this spring.

    They were planning to build here but was afraid of the creek with the kiddies plus it would have been a hefty loan, sooo the trade.

    We now live in an old vintage trailer in the woods. Lots of windows and I love it. Feels like i'm always camping. Someday we'll build a small cabin but for now its great.

    My dream has come true. I wanted the ol homestead to be a working school room, the main place for our family to gather. It has been and still will be. Plus I have simplified my life to really enjoy it all : )

    We didn't have to up and died to pass our home to the kids, we get to see them enjoy it, how good is that : )

  6. You're another after my own heart, Linda! :) I absolutely love this time of year and always find myself feeling a little melancholy watching it leave.

    As for the "red and green" like you mentioned, I agree... it seems like the Christmas season is coming quicker this year!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...