Persimmon Report 2018/ThursdayDoors

Findings have already been shown by a couple of my FaceBook friends, but I had a high school friend message me for my personal findings. We’re talking about the Annual Persimmon Report here. So for this week on my Thursday Doors post, we’re headed Outdoors.

Before we get to the results of my seeds’ hidden prediction, I’d like to take time to discuss where these trees grow and if you may be able to find one in your location.  According to https://garden.org/learn/articles/view/4136/, 

Persimmon trees are hardy in USDA zones 5 to 11. However, you’ll have to select the right type for your area. There are two types of persimmon trees. The Asian persimmon (Diospyros kaki) grows in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 11, and is known for its large fruits on smaller trees. It’s the type often sold in grocery stores.

The American persimmon (D. virginiana) is a faster growing, larger tree that’s hardy to USDA zone 5. It produces smaller fruits, which some consider richer in flavor than its Asian cousins.

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Un-ripe when green, but there was a 4th one that was ready to pick.

The American persimmon has always been my choice when doing my search for the winter predictions. It’s what I am most familiar with and it’s native to our part of the country. As far as being richer in flavor, I have no idea about that. I’ve never cooked with them and don’t plan on it. Very sticky, stringy and a major consumption of time and energy in my opinion. To those who make pudding, jam, bread and etc with these, my hats off to you. Just not for me. But apparently those pesky Japanese Beetles don’t like them. The tree was loaded with fruit.

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This particular fruit only had 3 seeds. Many have 5 to 6. May be a result of our very dry summer.

So drum roll please……………………………….

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This is just one more tedious task to find out that forecast. No cuts I’m happy to say.

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Spoons! All Spoons!

We’re headed for a snowy winter in case you don’t know what these spoons mean. Not what I wanted to find but to my dear fellow FaceBookians, you already knew this. Has anyone checked the Farmers Almanac for their opinion on this? I’d happily take a less dire forecast. Make sure you’re prepared if you live in these snow prone areas.

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Ending today’s post with this glimpse of 2 young deer about to cross the trail less than 200 yards away from my home.

Please take time to check the other Thursday Doors posts at our guest host this week, Mexi Move the Third. Much gratitude to them for keeping these doors from being snowed in.

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Enter Winter/Wordpress Photo Challenge

Transition

Just after our last craft show today when leaving Windsor, Missouri (population 2858 respectively), we saw the entrance of winter in the form of thousands of Canadian geese. The transition to winter this year is definitely abrupt in Central Missouri.

 

 

It’s A Winter Warning– WordPress Photo Challenge

My mother has been searching High and Low for walnuts this year. She’s single, retired, a stroke survivor and is instrumental in teaching my sister and I the meaning of being frugal. Those walnuts are a way for her to supplement her income. So in the evenings and on the weekends, we help her search favorite spots for the fallen nuts. This year has been slim pickins. A late frost and a very rainy spring has resulted in a small harvest.

For the photo challenge theme, Careful, I have a forecast for this winter in the form of these photos.

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Maybe you’ve noticed the hornet’s nest? And how high it is?

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In my mother’s words, “I’ve never seen one so high! They must be preparing for a snowy winter.”

She’s heard all the old-timer’s tell their tales and superstitions.

I believe she’s become one of them old-timers.

So there you have it. A nest preparation by a swarm of hornets warns us to be Careful this winter. We’ll see if they are correct.