Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nature's Ornaments (UPDATED)


If you are lucky enough to have a sweet gum tree in your yard or neighborhood, you have nature's ornaments.  They have a perfect little crook in the stem and you can spray them silver, gold or leave them as they are.  Nature is pretty clever I would say!

I was reading old issues of The Herb Companion magazine last night and learned that the American Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is an herbal tree.  It not only produces timber but an aromatic balsam or resin called storax or styrax which is used in medicines, perfumery and in commercial bakery supplies.  It has brilliant fall color and a pleasing shape.  Who knew!  I didn't, but now you do too!

5 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Great idea.

lemonverbenalady said...

Not an original, but thought I would pass it on in case you needed a quick idea! Thanks for stopping by Becca!

Teashop Girl said...

Love it!

lemonverbenalady said...

I just love the natural ornaments! Thanks Laura for stopping by!

Ayurvedic Medicine said...

i also love them all. thanks for sharing this with us.