Monarchs, Hedgeapples and Friends

Monarch in Spy Garden

Monarch in Spy Garden

Monarchs are my absolute favorite butterflies and there’s loads of them flitting around the garden this year.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch on Mexican Sunflower

Monarch on Mexican Sunflower

As for the hedgeapples…

Hedgeapples

Hedgeapples

Hedgeapples are also called Osage Oranges. Maclura Pomifera if you want to get fancy. They are not edible but have a wonderful fresh apple scent. I like them for fall decor and collect them every year. We don’t have hedgeapple trees on our property but I know where many good hedgeapple trees are around St. Louis (some are 50+ feet tall!)! It is a fun tradition we have to pull over on the side of the road and fill up bags full of the fallen fruits. It is a little early yet for a big collection (they start falling to the ground in another two weeks or so). Next time I feature hedgeapples in a post I’ll be sure to cut one open. They look even weirder on the inside and have a sticky white sap that looks like Elmer’s glue. I have friends who swear that hedgeapples repel spiders and put them in all the closets in their house. The wood of the trees is apparently perfect for making bows and the tree is also known as bowwood.

Back in the garden…

Things are very colorful!

Things are very colorful!

Perhaps the last shot of the hanging Rouge Vif d'Etampes...

Perhaps the last shot of the hanging Rouge Vif d’Etampes…

…As tomorrow we’re planning to harvest all of the pumpkins to celebrate the first official day of fall! We did already pick one of the Jarrahdales…

Umm...it looks like a big giant swollen tick. HAHAHA GROSS! haha

Umm…it looks like a big giant swollen tick. HAHAHA GROSS! haha

Corn Stalks and Dexie

Corn Stalks and Dexie at the entrance of the garden

Hibiscus Bud

Hibiscus Bud

4 thoughts on “Monarchs, Hedgeapples and Friends

  1. narf77

    Steve has a slab of Osage Orange wood in his shed. The stuff is impermeable to power tools! I have never seen wood so hard and I live in Australia where EVERYTHING is tough. Steve was going to use the unusual golden yellow wood to make wooden spoons but just couldn’t manage to cut a chunk out of the slab in order to start a spoon. I think it is going to be a slab in a shed for the rest of it’s (and probably our) life ;). Those Rouge Vif dΓ‰tampes are splendiferous. They look exactly like pumpkins “should” look when you think of them dripping from Victorian garden potagers. Kudos on those lovely stringy cages. It would be really REALLY nice if you told us how you made them (“visions of pumpkin futures danced in her head…” ;) ) Clever Jarrahdale pumpkin eh? Who, in their right mind, would want to eat a swollen tick?! Natural predator repellent methinks ;). Spy garden is almost as beautiful in Autumn as it is in Spring. Kudos on making the most of your gorgeous space :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Really cool about the wood. Smoochie simply must build something out of some (I want a traditional bow)!! Victorian garden potagers, eh? Well, they are French! I crocheted the pumpkin “bras” (haha) out of regular garden twine; as if you were making a hat. VERY loose stiches. VERY loose (room for them to stretch as the pumpkin grows). Then just tied seven or so strings to the circle and tied those up on to the trellis. Thanks for all the nice compliments;)

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