Here I am again. Starting another round (this is 6!) of AlphabeThursday on Thanksgiving Day, with the letter A.
And here are some acorns. DH picked these up for me outside the post office, but there's also an oak tree across the street. I love acorns. They are so intricate with very pretty patterns. We were thinking of planting a new tree in the front yard. That's on the west side of our house, which needs shade since our lovely mimosa tree died.
Some oaks are very majestic, with pretty leaves that fall in autumn. Oklahoma is home to 21 species. There's lots of shrub oaks in our part of the state. But if we were to buy a tree, I want something a little different.
The Shumard Oak is hardy throughout Oklahoma and grows 50-75 feet at maturity. A Bur Oak is good for sites that don't get a lot of water, like ours. And the Red Oak would be nice for fall color. We have all winter to decide and get ready...
There's a few negatives that do come to mind about oak trees:
1. They will drop their leaves every autumn. That's a lot of leaves when they get big.
2. Because of the acorns, the squirrels will come and forage. But we have squirrels already, so it shouldn't be too much different.
3. Mowing! You either have to rake up acorns or keep the lawnmower set high, if you're going to mow.
Let me shout out a "Happy Thanksgiving" for all you Americans. And I'll give you a link to our leader (and teacher) Jenny at ...off on my tangent... so you can visit other bloggers who have written about the letter A.