Whitesburg KY
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Admire the wonders of nature

Did you ever take a moment or two to think about and admire the wonders of nature which God has created? I love to do this but I don’t take the time to do it as often as I should.

Take for instance a tiny seed which develops into an enormous living tree or plant. I have heard many people over the years say that a mustard seed is the smallest seed there is. I have to disagree with that analysis. I can think of several different types of seeds which are smaller.

There is tobacco seed, the flower that is called a rooster comb, and a little flower some people call a fall rose, also a wild sour plant which people call sorrel.

The one which produces the largest plant is the tobacco seed. Just think for a moment, if you will, how many pounds of tobacco could be grown from a single tobacco plant if it were allowed to produce seed. Only tobacco plants which are destined to produce seed for planting are allowed to produce seed. All others are topped to remove the reproducing buds.

When we compare notes as to size created from a single seed, I would estimate that we would have to cast our votes for the giant sequoia. It is by far larger than anything grown here in this part of the country. The largest tree grown from a single and tiny seed around here would likely be the beech tree, followed by the many types of oak trees.

If you care to leisurely stroll through the hills and hollows of these old hills of home during the spring, you can see some of the most beautiful flowers you would ever want to see. Some of them I know by name but most of them I don’t know the name. They are still beautiful just the same, especially if they have a thick carpet of moss for mulch.

When the sarvis trees put forth their extra white blooms with their many petals, I know warm weather is just around the corner, but how far around the corner one never knows. As soon as the first blossoms appear the bees get to work gathering nectar to make honey. Lynn, sourwood and clover honey are the best in my opinion. I suppose sarvis would be a good choice too, except sarvis trees are few and far between. As an old saying goes, “They are about as scarce as hens’ teeth.”

When a sarvis tree blooms it is easy to distinguish from any other because its bloom is so white. All I have ever seen are crooked and spindly, unlike the sourwood which

doesn’t grow to any size either. They are usually fairly DIRECTV straight and may reach a height of 40 feet and still not be a foot in diameter.

Lynn trees, however, may reach enormous size if left to grow. There are not many left of any size because they are sought after for lumber due to the fact that wood is soft and light-colored like buckeye. But unlike Lynn, there is not very much demand for buckeye.

And that’s all from the funny farm till next time.

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