I didn’t fall in love with gardens and dirt until a few years ago and I didn’t realize my love for art until senior year of high school. So I’m still getting over that but it took me a minute to keep walking around the paths by the pond because I could see the “Main Building” through the fence. I dreaded that circle and getting out of my dad’s car in the morning… most likely because of the incomplete homework assignments or the ….
I unwillingly followed the flowing leaf-filled paths back towards the parking lot to get my books for Botany. And before I knew it we had cut open some corms and bulbs and I was back outside. Before driving out of the gates I made my routine stop for the second time that day to look for a fallen female cone from the Cedrus atlantica 'Galuca'. I found two halfsies in different places. I will find a full cone some day. I took the time to walk through the medicinal garden after Cone Search #1 to see what the Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch) might have dropped. I’ve been making candid table arrangements and with Thanksgiving approaching I felt like my diverse Barnes cone collection wouldn’t mind a few new friends. So I turned the corner and …. the bright blue sky!!!! illuminating the Larix!!!!! I couldn’t believe it! Seriously I had no idea that I tree changing color could be so exciting but the needles were bright yellow and only two weeks earlier Mary was saying “I’m surpised this isn’t even beginning to chance color.”
So I didn’t even bother to look for what Mary calls “junk” and I call a pine cone despite my uncle’s distaste for the term and I left to go home because I was satisfied and I had to go serve a turkey dinner to 100+ Penn frat kids.