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. Wonderful post, Susan. It is wonderful to find beauty even when our hearts are heavy. I hope you have a great week-end ahead and get to spend some virtual quality time with your sweetheart.

  2. It’s fun to see so many familiar plants in your collection: beautyberry, horse apple, pecan, sweetgum. We have an invasive trifoliate orange here. Sure enough, it’s Poncirus trifoliata. I’d been introduced to it under a different genus name, but apparently the taxonomists have decided it belongs in its own genus. It’s still listed as Citrus trifoliata on the BONAP page.

    It’s a lovely grouping!

    1. The twisted stems are very ornamental but I don’t think much of the fruit! I’m not surprising it’s invasive with all those seeds.

  3. It took me way too long to figure out these were two views of the same arrangement. How different the same can look! This was a wonderful gesture, Susan, and I thank you for it. “Bounty” is hard to think about this year, and it’s good to be reminded of what a single neighborhood offers. Thanks from this American friend.

  4. Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind greetings! Yes, hubs and I were alone this Thanksgiving, but hoping to change that come Christmas! All the best to you, Susan! Love your blog.

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