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.
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
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.