Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Seeds are Trouble

Have you had fun guessing the seeds? This is the last one. I'll be drawing for the winners this weekend. Two winners or who knows? Maybe three. And remember you don't have to have the right guess to enter. Just say you don't know the way Gail and Annette did on Sunday's post. But some of you did guess my Sunday picture or at least came very close. The picture is of a Chinese chestnut from a tree in our yard. 

Somebody gave my husband the seed years ago and he decided to see if it would grow. It did. But I have to tell you it is NOT my favorite tree. It was okay for several years, but then it bloomed. Not good. Very not good! At the time we didn't have air conditioning and depended on an attic fan to cool out the house at night. Chinese chestnut blooms smell very bad, or at least ours does. That first year I thought some poor animal had crawled up under our bedroom window and died -- days ago!! I had to hold my breath walking through the yard. I went from the wonderful fragrance of lilacs to these. Not a good progression. 

For some reason, this year the blooms didn't smell as awful. Of course the last few years we've had the air conditioning and haven't had to have our windows open to the stinking fragrance. And it may have not bloomed as heavily as it did those earlier years. 

But that's not the only problem with this tree. The outer shells of the chestnut is neat, don't you think? Well, it is also very, very sticky, and it is almost impossible to pick one of them up without getting small needles in your fingers. When I first discovered this, my grandson was about two and running around barefoot in the yard. He got a foot full of these stickers. Impossible to see, but painful. So I picked up every one of the chestnuts and even the bits of the shells I could find and removed it from the yard. 

Still, every tree has its own special charms. I'm sure someday I'll figure out a charm for this one. In fact, I went online to look the tree up and in the pictures I found the trees did look charming. Maybe I need to give ours some fertilizer or something. 

I do have to note a couple of the great guesses. Loretta guessed hollyhocks and took me back to my childhood when I loved playing with hollyhock seeds. Not that they looked much like chestnuts, but it was still a fun memory. Ann guessed a burr thingy. That could cover a lot of burr seeds. :) And Amy had the fun guess of a caterpillar. If you squint your eyes and use your imagination, you can see that caterpillar and then you can think about how in some weird way the caterpillar might be considered a butterfly seed. LOL. 

Thank you all for guessing and making this mystery seed contest fun. This post's seeds might be easier for you. So what do you think? Do you know what the picture of seeds is this time? I can't wait to read your guesses. 

But while I'm waiting for you to read this, I'm going to go out on the deck and look at the ocean a while here in Monterey Bay where I've been at a writers' retreat. I need to hurry because the sun is going down and the day is fleeing. Tomorrow, I have to get on the airplane and fly home. Looking forward to being home again too and seeing my husband and taking Oscar for a walk. 

As always, thanks for reading.

36 comments:

  1. Hi Miss Ann! I am going to guess a locust tree and its seeds. Love you pictures and reading all the guesses. Smiles to you!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. That's a really good guess, Melanie, but not quite right. Come back Sunday or Monday to find out what they are and to see who wins the books. Fun that you joined in with the guesses.

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  2. You've got me stumped on this one. Looking forward to finding out.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Probably something that doesn't grow around you, Mary.

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  3. Is it a Coffee tree seed?

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  4. They look like the ones on my Redbud tree. Actually look pretty pitiful without the leaves on the tree, only the seed pods hanging on the branches.

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  5. Man... I have seen these.. I just cannot think of what it is... :)

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    1. Don't you hate it when the answer is right there, but you can't quite grab it, Sharon?

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  6. These seeds look like the Redbud tree in our back yard. Although the tree looks pitiful right now with the leaves gone and all the seed pods hanging there
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    1. Shh, don't tell anybody, Diana, but you could be right. :)

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  7. I think it looks like Carob, depending on how long the pods are and how tall the tree is. Hope you enjoy Monterey--one of my favorite places--and get a chance to go to their amazing aquarium. :)

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    1. Monterey was beautiful, Karen. Still haven't made it to the aquarium, but maybe next time. I just seem to want to stay outside.

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    1. Good guess, Ola, but not right. Thanks for playing.

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  9. Seeds from a Catalpa tree! My mom had one with a lot of worms! Thanks for the challenge!
    Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. Those worms on the catalpa tree in my aunt's backyard freaked me out when I was a kid, but I hear fishermen really like them. Glad you had fun with the seed guessing, Linda, but catalpa pods are much longer than these, I think.

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  10. Looked like catalpa to me too. ;)

    I'm glad you liked my burr thingy. It drives my logical gson crazy when I say thingy. Why can't you just say it? :)

    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. Not catalpa. Some other kind of seed pod thingy, Ann. LOL.

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    1. Thanks for guessing, Joyce, but not wisteria.

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  12. I have seen trees that had these things that look like green peas, but forgot what they are called.Maybe a Catalpa. Just not sure. Maxie

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    1. Catalpa seems to be a popular guess, Maxie, but aren't they much longer pods.

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  13. If it is a plant it looks like green peas. Some call them sweet peas. Maxie

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    1. Sweet peas is a good guess, Maxie. Thanks for joining in with my fun. Oh, but no, they're not sweet peas.

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  14. Another "I have no idea" but I know I see those seed pod things around Nebraska. They make good crunching sounds to add to the ambiance of crunching through fall leaves. thimbleluvr at hotmail dot com

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    1. Amy, love that you just admit you don't know. Not sure if these pods crunch underfoot, but they do rattle in the wind.

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  15. Is it a bean tree although you can't eat them...... LOVE YOUR BLOG....

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    1. Thanks, Linda. It makes it more fun to write my blog posts when I get nice comments like yours. And no, you can't eat these, but the pods do look a little like beans.

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  16. Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree??? This is a hard one to guess.

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    1. Karen, you're educating me on this scientific name. In fact, I'm going to have to look up carob tree seeds to see what they look like. Guess by that you know these aren't them.

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  17. Red bud tree? Not sure of the name but it looks like a tree that I had in my backyard once! Thank u for giving me s chance and maybe in will win anyway!!! God Bless!!!

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    1. Shh, don't tell anyone, Frances, but you're right. I'm drawing for the winners momentarily.

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  18. Looks like a red bud tree to me. wow, a lot of seedpods on that one! MM

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    1. Good guess, MM. So glad you joined in with my guessing fun.

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  19. I hope you enjoyed Monterey! I lived there for 4 years in the 80's. The best weather ever! And all year long too. And the spookiest fog! Karen in NC

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