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Weekly Puzzler Answer #139

Did you recognize the nuts from last week’s puzzler? They are black walnuts from the black walnut tree, Juglans nigra.

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Black walnut trees can grow up to 150 feet tall and are native to the eastern and central United States. The bark of a black walnut tree is blackish to dark gray with deep furrows. The leaf is a compound leaf that can be 18 inches long.

nuts33-6142An interesting fact about black walnut trees is that they produce this toxic substance called juglone in its roots and leaves that can kill other vegetation growing nearby. Thus, sometimes you might see black walnut trees growing all alone in the middle of a field. Some plants, such as morning glory, rose of Sharon, pansies, black raspberries, plums and squash,  are immune to this toxin and can still prosper there.

Here is the next puzzler! And this is your LAST CHANCE to be entered in the quarterly drawing as I have decided I want to give away my holiday DVD to the winner and want to send this out before the 25th, thus, not waiting until the 21st to pull the winner. If you want to be entered in the drawing, use the comment box below. All correct responses will be eligible. Good luck!

And have a fabulous weekend!!

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #138

m3-6725Were you one of the people who knew the answer to last week’s puzzler? The beautiful low growing plant with bright red berries?

It is Cornus canadensis –Commonly known as Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, or Creeping Dogwood.

In the spring and summer it has lovely white flowers which resemble those on our flowering dogwood trees, hence the name of Bunchberry Dogwood. You can see a photo of these flowers here.

Here is the next puzzler!

See you again soon.

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #137

rowan-0013Did you recognize the stalk with bright red berries from last week’s puzzler? These are the berries from a plant called Jack in the Pulpit, or Arisaema triphyllum. Have you seen it? It looks like this:

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This plant has the rare ability to change its sex based on the area where it grows. It may live for 20 years and can change again and again and again. When it has the right nutrients and moisture and has reached a sufficient size to provide resources to support a flower and fruit, it will be female. When it lacks nutrients, it reverts to a male plant. A jack that makes male flowers has only one main leaf whereas a female has two.

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Since it has only one leaf, it is a male.

Check out one more puzzler with RED berries.

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Weekly Puzzler #138: More RED Berries!

So since we’re on a role of seeing RED, let’s do one more. Check out this plant, which, by the way, grows throughout most of Canada, Alaska and the northern United States, south in the mountain regions, to Virginia in the east and to New Mexico in the west.

Have you ever seen it on a hike? Isn’t it beautiful in the fall with its bright red berries? Do you know what it is?

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If so, add your guess to the comment box below for your chance to win the next give-away–a drawing on the first day of winter. All correct responses will be entered.

See you again soon.

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Weekly Puzzler #137: Tight Red Cluster of Berries

This week’s puzzler features another plant with bright red berries, though these are much closer to the ground, on a plant rather than a tree. Have you ever seen these while out walking in the woods? Do you know what plant they are from?

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As always, if you want to guess, feel free–just use the comment box below the post. I’d love to hear from you and remember, all correct guesses will be entered to win a free prize. I give away a prize 4 times each year–on the first day of winter, spring, summer and fall. December seems like a long way off, but really, it’s just around the corner! Some prizes have been a sampler pack of my greeting cards as well as a blank notebook. 

Have a great weekend! See you again soon.

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #134

puzz-8254Did you recognize last week’s beautiful purple flower and green fruit? It is Purple Passionflower, (Passiflora incarnate)a vine that is also called  maypop, apricot vine, wild apricot, wild passion flower, Holy-Trinity flower, passion vine, maracoe, maycock, sarsaparilla, molly-pop, and granadilla.

Purple passionflower is native to North America and endemic to the southeastern United States. It is a fast-growing perennial vine that sends out tenpvine-7604drils that wrap around other plants for it to grow on. I have seen many of these while out doing photography and find them to be such artful subjects. Vines can grow as much as 20 feet a year.

In the world there are 500 species of passion flowers, most of them are vines but a few are shrubs too. They like filtered sun or partial shade and are hosts to more than 70 different species of butterflies, including the gulf

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and variegated fritillary. Both of these are lovely butterflies that have equally lovely chrysalises. You may recall I watched one emerge as a butterfly recently. You can see this lovely chrysalis as well as the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis here.

Of the 500 passion flower species, 60 species have edible fruit. It is said to resemble a pomegranate inside. I have not tried it, though maybe next summer I will give it a try!

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Passion vine fruit

Have YOU ever tried this fruit? What did it taste like?

If you want, check out the next puzzler here–it is about one of the most famous Halloween creatures... and as always, have a fabulous weekend! See you again soon.pvine-4763

More art in the tendrils of passion vine

More art in the tendrils of passion vine

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Weekly Puzzler #134: Green Fruit & Purple Flower

On a recent visit to that field I had been spending a lot of time I found this one flower, blooming close to the ground. Upon further investigation, I discovered a small green fruit attached to the plant.

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Here are the leaves from this “mystery” plant

Do you recognize this? Have you seen it before in a field near you? What is its name?

It is this week’s puzzler. If you can identify it, use the comment box below for your chance to be entered in this quarter’s drawing–on the first day of winter. All correct answers will automatically be entered.

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