The other day I was walking to the Family Dollar down the street and happened to notice this beautiful tree living near an abandoned house across the street from our local Elementary School. I got to thinking about how nice it would be if that property could be annexed to the school for learning about plants and nature; like a nature learning center or something. There is a large field next to it I imagined being turned into a community garden and it could also be part of the learning center. I imagined children learning how to grow their own food and appreciating nature like I do.
Facts and Myths of Hedge Apples by Dr. Barbara Ogg, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the October 2001 NEBLINE Newsletter
This time of year, hedge apples – the fruit from the Osage-orange tree – are being sold at farmer’s markets, garden centers, and other locations. Many people have heard that these fruits can be used as an insect repellent, but the truth is that many people don’t know much else about this unusual tree and its fruit.
The Tree and Its Fruit:
The Osage-orange is a small to medium-sized tree, having a short trunk and a rounded or irregular crown. The twigs are buff to orange-brown and are armed with one-half inch long spines. The stems exude a milky sap when cut. The Osage-orange is dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers are produced on separate trees. The small, green flowers appear in May or June. Female trees produce 3-to 5-inch diameter fruit which ripen in September or October and fall to the ground.
Native Habitat and Current Distribution:
The Osage-orange is native to a small area in eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Arkansas. This region is the home of the Osage Indians which gives the tree its common name. Settlers found that the Osage-orange transplanted easily, tolerated poor soils, extreme heat, and strong winds and had no serious insect or disease problems. It was widely planted in the Midwest as a living fence because, when pruned into a hedge, it provided an impenetrable barrier to livestock. The development of barbed wire curtailed its widespread planting, but many Osage-orange trees can still be found in fence rows.
Uses of the Osage-Orange:
The wood is extremely hard, heavy, durable and shrinks or swells little compared to the wood of other trees. The wood is used for fence posts, treenails, furniture, and archery bows. In fact, many archers consider the wood of the Osage-orange to be the world’s finest wood for bows. Another common name for this tree, bodark, is from the French bios d’arc meaning “bow wood.” This tree also produces a bright yellow dye which can be extracted from the wood.
The fruit of the Osage-orange is a nuisance in the home landscape and has little value. Hedge apples are not an important source of food for wildlife as most birds and animals find the fruit unpalatable. The thorny trees do provide nesting and cover for wildlife.
The belief about the use of hedge apples for insect control is widespread and persistent. it is claimed that placing hedge apples around the foundation or inside the basement will repel or control insects. A few years ago, Iowa State University toxicologists extracted compounds from hedge apples. When concentrated, these compounds were found to repel insects.
Scientists also found that natural concentrations of these compounds in the fruit were too low to be an effective repellent. So, don’t be fooled into spending much to use hedge apples as an insect repellent.
If you decide to pick hedge apples to check out the repellency yourself or to use the fruit as a fall decoration, it would be wise to wear gloves. The milky juice present in the stems and fruit of the Osage-orange can irritate the skin.
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*Seeing this today was like they were showing me, “Hey, look what my job is! I have value, I have worth!” We used to be mean to the wasps until I took the time to learn their job in nature actually is. From what I have personally witnessed, their purpose for existence includes trying to keep our trees healthy. Since trees are basically the lungs of the planet, I think that’s a pretty important job! I have read conflicting information about wasps online. My personal experience is they are helpers and teachers. What came through in the numbers is a pecan tree and a teacher have a pattern in common. What I believe is we all, whatever form, are teachers, students, messages and receivers of those messages. I believe everyone has value in one way or another. It’s not always easy to understand what we are trying to convey to each other. I don’t think we should give up trying!
133 – “don’t give up”
Wasp – 59/84/109/140/158/125/134/150/140/158/125/134/150/140…….
*remember, these are only just a few of the meanings of these numbers that I have found for myself and am sharing with you.
152’s – amber tree resin, positive drama, positive being,
pecan tree – 87/114/128/141/128/141……….
87- person, truth, roots, justice
pecan – 39/98/91/76/117/133/146
98 – killer bees (I found this value trying to figure out why people may have a fear of bees/wasps. Remember those old Killer bee television shows and movies? When I was a very small girl I can remember drinking a can of soda without realizing a bee was in the can and I got stung. I was pretty freaked out! It wasn’t the bee’s fault but a “seed of fear” was planted that I had to actively overcome through time. I did this through trying to understand them instead of thinking they were all bad. The same principle I have used towards other insects and life forms to include people. It’s not easy to do but for me personally, it has been worth trying to do.)
A phrase that I say quite often is thank you. A phrase I say to someone because I want them to know I appreciate them be they a human being or any other form of life. A phrase I express to the God of my understanding for the food I eat, having a place to live, clothes on my back, water to drink, having my health and all the other aspects that make up my simple life.
Just two words….”thank you.”
It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of what we have and focus on what we don’t have. There are days it’s easier for me to complain, pass judgement on others and make myself miserable. This is when is a good time to give thanks. To pull out a mental gratitude list and find that all the positives in my life far outweigh the negatives.
“The Attitude of Gratitude”
“the attitude of gratitude” in the English Ordinal system equals 259/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 or 16/8/4/2/1 (the straight path I see is seeing the world in one way or the other without discernment or questioning.)
(7 divided by 2, for me, a world divided into two parts within a person and outside of a person. Seeing the world with both the light and shadow sides of ourselves. When 8 arrives, for me, I see the arrival of God (26) which gradually brings you back to 1 or yourself. Not everyone believes in the same God. Not everyone has the same concept of God. Not everyone even believes in God. This is just how I interpret these values for myself. How I perceive “God” isn’t even like my family or most people I know. I see God as the energy of all creation – the earth, all the planets and all known existence. That’s just me and I don’t expect anyone also to adopt this concept. I like to show, via this system, the messages and patterns that I see. This system is a way for me to find some semblance of trust in a system I am finding so much fault with these days.)
“two five nine” in the English Ordinal system equals 142
“gratitude” in the English Ordinal system equals 105/6/3 cycle
“one zero five” in the English Ordinal system equals 140
“world” in the English Ordinal system equals 72/9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle
“seven two” in the English Ordinal system equals 123
17/8/4/2/1 or 17 divided by 2 = 8.5 = 13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10/1 or 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 =
2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5= 8 divided by 2 = 4 divided by 2 = 2 divided by 2 comes back to 1
For some there is no question that they like flowers. For some there is a question which flowers they like. For some they like flowers but are allergic to them so they cannot enjoy flowers except from a great distance. For some they know for certain they do not like flowers and avoid them at all cost. For some it is not enough to dislike flowers. They will go out of their way to destroy flowers for others so that no one may enjoy them.
What happens with the like or dislike of flowers could also cross over to people and anything else with a spirit, anything or anyone that comes from the God of my understanding.
A further look at how the sum for the flower breaks down:
Fluttershy’s Coronation Dress by Bethiebo on deviantART – I don’t have permission to use this image so I won’t. For those unfamiliar, My Little Pony has a character named Fluttershy and she is one of my favorites. When I was in a very dark depression it was at first the original MLP and then the current show that helped lift me out. The show was like a life preserver from God to me and I’m very grateful for it. The show is positive and tries to teach life lessons in a way many levels, many ages of people, can comprehend in a loving way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Faust – never knew what she looked like until today. She looks a lot like my husbands avatar for Monster Hunter Lol! Thank you for your work Lauren and all those who work with you to try and make the entertainment world a better place for people like me.