Autumn Gleanings And Thanksgiving Wishes

Produce gathered in Autumn in Jackson MS

Wishing my American friends a very happy Thanksgiving.

For the last few years I’ve been in Mississippi to enjoy the day with some lovely people, but 2020 had other ideas. Although I know y’all can celebrate perfectly well without the British (I’ve been there for Independence Day too 🙂 ), I decided that a blog celebration was in order.

Autumn leaves with fruits, nuts and daisies

So I’m sharing these pictures of bounty – produce gathered from my sweetheart’s neighbourhood a couple of years ago in early November. He has kindly identified them for me. Roughly clockwise, starting top center:

American beautyberry (Callicarpa)
Red buckeye (brown nut)
Brown tuber from ‘tater vine (Dioscorea)
Small, fiery hot ‘chile pequin’ peppers
‘Callaway’ crabapples (red)
‘Lemon Boy’ tomato
Orange to the left of the pomegranate is Japanese persimmon
Two small native American persimmons
Berries of Nandina
Spiny seedpods of caster bean
Striped gourd
Slightly furry hardy citrus (Poncirus trifoliata, with the curvy spined stem)
Horse apple (Maclura pomifera, often called ‘bois d’arc’ – bright green)
Dark brown spiny seedpods of sweetgum (Liquidambar)
Edible type of vining squash called ‘chayote’ or mirliton
The flowers are cultivars of Chrysanthemum x rubellum, a super-hardy hybrid
The foliage is from a sugar maple

I’m sending a virtual hug to all those who can’t be with loved ones today. Let’s raise a glass (or a cup) to happier times and hope that the year to come will be a kinder one.

37 Replies to “Autumn Gleanings And Thanksgiving Wishes”

  1. I stayed home for Thanksgiving. The church next door was passing out Thanksgiving meals to people who drive up. Our church did that a few weeks ago. Then in the evening a friend cooked Thanksgiving dinner and asked me to come by. So, I went over and got carry out from her house as well. I am not much of a turkey fan, but it is good a couple of times a year. My favorite is dressing smothered with a lot of cranberries. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and take care!

    1. I’m glad you had some tasty food and glad to hear too that there is so much kindness around. I would not have known what dressing is before spending time in the US. We call it stuffing, I think, over here.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    “Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.” — Catherine Pulsifer

  3. Pretty cool, and includes a few items that can not be found here. I happen to have an American persimmon seedling that I grew from a seed obtained in Oklahoma. I will grow more for good pollination. I intend to grow pecan and beautyberry. Osage orange is something I have never seen before, even though I was within its native range briefly.

    1. Beautyberry always catches my eye. We don’t see it much here. My sweetheart has been using his Poncirus trifoliata foliage to make seasonal decorations by sticking gum drops on those curved spikes.

      1. Oops, I meant ‘horse apple’.
        Poncitrus trifoliata used to be used as an understock, and I believe that some of its relatives still are. I used to grow citrus trees, and thought that the Cuban shattuck that we used was difficult enough to handle. I REALLY would not want to graft as many citrus as we did if it were all grafted onto Poncitrus trifoliata! That would have been nasty!

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