Care for a Black Walnut?

I’ve got plenty.

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And plenty still to come:

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This is a nifty nut collector made by the folks at Garden Weasel.  What a treat to discover a yard device that requires no engine and makes no noise, that is so simply designed and yet works beautifully.

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Just roll it along the ground and the nuts become trapped in the wire cage.  To release them you push a doohickey on the handle (like when you squeeze out a mop) that spreads the wires so the nuts can fall out again.  The only trouble is that there SO MANY NUTS and collectively they are very heavy.  A plastic trash can should only be filled about a quarter full; otherwise, there is risk of it busting wide open as it’s dragged (ask me how I know).

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Still, I never tire of this canopy:

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And there are some other pleasant distractions from the tyranny of the black walnut trees.  Some toad lily and sedum:DSC_2195

The Winterberry holly never disappoints:

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Bottlebrush Buckeye fruit:

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Some white wood aster:

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Zigzag goldenrod, now fading:

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This cute little bottle gentian that I nearly ripped out over the summer thinking it was a weed:

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A Japanese combo — bloodgrass and anemone:

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Blackberry lily:

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This year’s crown jewel — a Red Abissynian Banana.  I adore it so much! The leaves are insane!

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This lantana and bloodgrass was a good combo:

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This lantana was so exuberant this year that it shaded out my herbs:

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Elephant ear and celosia refusing to back down in the face of autumn:

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Comments

  1. I have a black walnut growing next to a chestnut. Fun times. Thanks for the tip on the nut picker upper!

  2. WOW!!! nice backyard garder!!! we’ve got at least 7 of them in our backyard…..i love the walnut picker-upper-doohicky!!!! i just chuck ’em over the fence….the dogs want to play with them, so it’s a daily thing….heads up!!

  3. Barbara Hendren says:

    Thanks for the tip- just ordered a Garden Weasel to help with nut removal from the lawn. I love your comments about appreciating the canopy overhead – although ours in nw Illinois is about finished for the year. Have you ever tried to use the walnuts?

  4. Barbara, I have researched various ways to remove the hulls & store the nuts but they all seem to involve a great deal of mess and effort. Do you use yours?

  5. I will take all you can give me — already cracked and picked out, of course. Black walnuts are so good, and practically impossible to get into. Your fall plants look wonderful!

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