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Re: pine cones
  • Subject: Re: pine cones
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:01:36 -0600

Geeeeze.  I wish I had a place to go and pick up some LARGE, opened,
pinecones.  I love to decorate with them during the holidays.
I also save all of my old candles when they burn down - and then in
October (if I have some pinecones) I melt the wax down and dip the
cones in there over and over again until they are thick with wax.
When dried, I put them in a basket and use them as fire starters.

On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95
CS/SCOSI <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> Our pines seem to continually put out amazing amounts of pinecones and
> most of them rarely get watered, they do pretty well on less than 10
> inches a year. I don't know what kind we have though - there are surely
> pines native to our mountains that are adapted to less water. But based
> on what else was here when we moved in, I bet the previous owners just
> went to the nursery and picked up 50 of whatever they had in stock.
> I wish I had the "crafty" skills to make something of the cones but it's
> not gonna happen in this lifetime.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 7:26 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] pine cones
> Started a fire in the fireplace this evening, since it's dropped into
> the
> teens.
> I've been putting it off because firewood is scarcer and more expensive
> this
> year than in the past.
> Last year there were so many pine cones from our white pines that I
> picked
> up bushels - gave away at least two garbage-bags full, used another two,
> toasted another to use for decorations on Christmas wreaths, and still
> have
> a couple of bags left.  This year there are almost no cones at all. I
> went
> out
> to look for them before the leaf-clean-up crew came, and there were just
> almost none - I found about six.  Is this a result of the dry season? Or
> do
> the trees have a cycle of reproduction?
> I'm noticing that the dogwoods are full of buds for next year.  Their
> bloom
> was exceptionally poor this year.  I have heard that heavy bloom
> indicates
> stressful conditions, and surely this drought year was stressful for
> them.
> We lost many dogwoods about 20 years ago when they were attacked by
> a disease, but the remaining ones seem to have been stabilized in recent
> years.  I hope we're not going into another spell of losing dogwoods.
> This
> is just about the Northern edge of their tolerance zone - not many just
> a
> few
> miles north of here - but we used to have many and still have quite a
> few in
> the wild.
> Auralie
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  • References:
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    • RE: pine cones
      • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>

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