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Date Posted: 19:41:02 08/24/07 Fri
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: Oh, I am missing my sugar maples.....................................
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Back on LI, I had many, many black walnut trees -- they're .." on 13:12:13 08/24/07 Fri

...............but my Zoo is missing them even more than I! About every other day I gathered branches of the sugar maples, which they would commence stripping down and getting to the sweet stuff--the birds, the grays, the flyers, and even the bunny! It's hard to break a 3-month long habit--for all of us! I had to giggle, Bev, at my visualization of your husband cracking those nuts in your driveway as he raced up and down! Shucks, a couple more of us and it would have been a hoot of a demolition derby! I'm sure he was much gentler in the doing than I conjured up in my mind's eye! LOL!




>(Back on LI, I had many, many black walnut trees --
>they're ...) one of the two species trees I most miss
>-- the other was my sugar maples!
>
>While the outer 'hull' of the black walnut is not
>likely to be consumed, anyway, by a flyer, I'd
>personally just gather the nuts together (green), and
>allow them to dry (the hull will 'rot' and fall off
>...) before giving them to my flyers. Mostly, because
>as the hull rots, it creates an awful mess (not to
>mention the permanent stain from the 'liquid' mess of
>the rotting hull). But also, the hull is probably
>loaded with tanin (thus, the stain ..), and I doubt
>it's the best thing for our wee bits of wonderment.
>My late husband used to put the green nuts in the
>driveway, and run the car over them! This would
>expidite the shedding of the hull, while not harming
>the nut, at all (anyone who has ever tried to collect
>enough black walnut meat for a nice cake, or batch of
>cookies, knows full well just how HARD the black
>walnut shell is!!). Don't be surprised if it takes a
>flyer most of the winter to get through a black walnut
>shell! This is likely a good thing, for their teeth!
>Back home, not only the greys collected the green
>walnuts. I would often find, in some neglected corner
>of the 12-stall long shed row barn, a stash of black
>walnuts, stored by the woodrats or the whitefooted
>mice. The nuts would have a few holes gnawed by these
>ground dwelling rodents (with flyers, it's always a
>single hole -- although a nut will sometimes show some
>scratch marks from places the flyer began, but 'quit'
>on, in the process of opening the nut ...).
>
>I'm sitting here munching on English walnut halves,
>even as I type! Think I'll give a few to my
>youngsters, Itsy, Bitsy, Spider, and Hans Solo! Bye
>for now!
>
>
>>In my case, you are working with a woman who has just
>>returned from 3 wonderful, cool, peaceful, calm months
>>in the NC mountains--to the heat, humidity, dust, and
>>traffic of the over-populated, tourist-swelled island
>>I call home. I'm still trying to breathe this
>>water-saturated air and walk on this ground that is so
>>dry that I leave dust clouds as I tiptoe through the
>>dead everything! As if that is not quite enough, I am
>>relearning the skills of having a child (in this case
>>my son's 10 year old daughter) living with us and
>>attending school and registering for after-school
>>activities, doing homework, etc. In this FL heat, it
>>never enters my sweat-soaked brain that you have a
>>TREE from which these GROW! Oh, lucky you! Like some
>>other HOFs, I tend to believe animals instinctively
>>KNOW what they should/should not consume. That being
>>said, I, too, like Agnes, am cautious when introducing
>>ANYTHING new. So, you are right to come to us with
>>questions--we all do that--but please be patient until
>>we get the answers. LOL!! My DH says that last
>>winter on a NC trip, he picked up some black walnuts
>>along with some other types of mountain-growing nuts
>>for our zoo. They LOVED the huge acorns we found up
>>there but did not really want the nuts with the thick
>>coverings; this probably had more to do with the fact
>>they are a bit SPOILED than the covering/husk being
>>toxic! Hee, Hee! If you are seeing the gray
>>squirrels taking them AND eating them, they are
>>probably fine for your sweetkins!
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>I was? I thought I said that! Back-yard or green,
>>>what is the difference? I don't know! All I know
>>>is that My Baby wants it bad! More than anything
>>>else, I am asking about the outer covering: Harmful
>or
>>>not??? That is all I want to know. Does ANYBODY
>>>feed back-yard, on the ground, walnuts to their
>>>S.F.S.??? Very simple question! That is that! Can
>>>she clear that outer covering off? With no harm to
>>>her? I am watching regular squrrels picking these
>up
>>>like crazy! We used to harvest walnuts and I know
>>>they have that awful, black lining between nut and
>>>outer layer! Never mind, I'll buy them!! I'm done
>>>with this, too complicated! I'm done! And, what the
>>>heck is a green walnut?? Never mind! Sorry I brought
>>>it up!!>Connie, you were suppose to inform everyone
>>>that it
>>>>was a green walnut.....

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