I love seeing Selah and Ember taking initiative in their own learning and education. Selah was teaching Ember about the parts of a flower from what she remembered covering in school two years ago, and so when I overheard and printed these little worksheets, Ember got so excited! It doesn’t matter that it’s not kindergarten level work. When kids are interested, they will pursue it! #aroundthebreakfasttable
The only flowers we saw today were frost flowers, but they're always a magical sight to behold during the cold spells in the winter in Eastern TN. These beautiful ribbon-like crystals of ice are formed when the weather is freezing cold but the ground is not yet frozen. Freezing sap increases the pressure between secondary xylem and epidermis of the stems of Verbesina and forms long thin cracks. Water from these cracks freezes in the winter air and forms ice crystals and more water is drawn up through capillary action, creating these thin delicate ribbons of ice that curl and spiral. #botany#plantanatomy#frostflowers#ice#easttennessee#winter#verbesina
ELDERBERRY = IMMUNE BOOSTING. Adding elderberries to tea, or taking them by the spoonful as a syrup, are tasty ways to keep our immune systems supported during the winter season. It’s easy to make ones own syrup, check Foraging & Feasting Elderberry recipe here: .
Or perhaps you’d like to create this tea mix: ~ Berry Delight
A deeply colorful drink full of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. ~ Mix the following dried berries: ¼ handful rose hips, ¼ handful elderberries, 1½ handfuls raspberries, 1 handful blueberries, 1 handful blackberries and a pinch schizandra berries. ~ Place one handful of the herb mixture (gently crushed right before use) in a quart-size glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Slowly pour in boiling water until jar is full. Cap tightly and let steep for 3–4 hours. Drink up to 3 cups throughout the day. Yields 4 batches, about 4 1/3 quarts of infusion. Note that this tea will not taste like the “naturally flavored,” highly aromatic berry teas found commercially, but will produce a more complex yet subtler flavor, reflecting real berries. ~ The Elder, a native American bush that is scientifically called Sambucus canadensis, produces these nutritious, mildly acidic, mineral-flavored berries.
To help with id harvest and use here is the elderberry page from our book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook (and also featured in the calendar) by Dina Falconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollender ~ Book Link:
Have you been consuming elderberries recently, and if yes, how so? ------------------------------------
Really looking forward to adding elderberries to our backyard! I'm hoping to have a few bushes lining the fence soon. Can't wait for some fresh elderberry wine 🍷🍷🍷
The Mulberry fruit is a multiple fruit. It looks like a berry, but is made from multiple flowers that each produce a small, fleshy fruit clustered together on the stem (pedicel). (Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits are made from single flowers.). The flowers and fruits are produced on female trees. Each flower has 4 sepals that enlarge, become juicy, and overlap, surrounding the pistil. The pistil matures into a tiny drupe-like fruit. (UR) "Berries" off the tree. (CR) Individual fruit-single matured flower w 4 overlapping sepals. (LR) Individual fruit, ventral view. (UL) Individual fruit spread open showing 4fleshy sepals, and central pistil. (LL) Pencil drawing of individual fruit. More images on following screens. Mulberries, longitudinal section of mulberry, transverse section of mulberry, single fruit, close-up of "berries", seed (about 1.2mm wide). #botany#plantanatomy#floweringplants#fruits#morusalba