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When we were on vacation in Minnesota, this year, right outside our cabin door was a Basswood tree, otherwise known as Linden or Lime tree.  This particular one was a Tilia americana L.  I really appreciated being able to sit outside the cabin under this tree and get to know her better. One of the first dried herbs I ever purchased from an herb store was linden flowers. I have seen these trees on my various rambles, but had never had so much time to be with it:) Now this one at the cabin, blocked the view of the lake we were staying on, but I didn’t care:)

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That is our cabin with the tree in front of it! lol

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I was so excited! Unfortunately, this tree was just a week or so away from flowering. But, again, I didn’t care! I spent the week just sitting there getting to know Tilia for who she was and letting her know I was grateful for the times I had used her for a relaxing tea for nervous tension and how I appreciated her diaphoretic properties (sweat inducing) plus nervine properties when I had a bad cold. I have used the tea many times to promote sleep, also.

Since I have been back home I been hunting around for a basswood I could get too and maybe do a bit of harvesting from. Haven’t had much of a chance to look around too much … but tried to keep an eye pealed. Well today, lo and behold, there has been one sitting right in my son Jesse’s yard all along!

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Now the time for flower picking is passed, but I will be ready for next year:) Thinking this particular tree is a Tilia cordata. Wish I could convince my son and his wife to let me put a beehive in their yard next year. Sure would love to harvest my own basswood honey:) I met a beekeeper while in Minnesota, who sold me some basswood honey and it tastes like honey with melted butter in it! Seriously delicious folks!!

Been a great day! Went to check on the wild plum stand I know of, (they aren’t quite ready), and found 3 cottonwoods near there, so psyched about that for harvesting the buds this winter! Went over to a part of the woods I had seen a feral pear tree at earlier, and was able to harvest quite a few pears. They look small compared to store bought, but they sure are tasty! And free! I picked enough to can:) That sure will be good this winter:)

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Got about half a basket full. Figured that would keep me busy until next weekend, when I get a chance to go back. They were just slightly under ripe, but still loaded with flavor. They will soften just a bit before wed., when I get a chance to can them. Good to still have them firm when canning anyway:)

And if they wasn’t grand enough to have harvested and discovered all that… I found another stand of wild plums, near the pear tree, plus more accessible cottonwoods:)

To top of the day I got to spend a couple of hours with 1 year old Ariana and 4 year old Colin. Life is good!

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