Improved view

We had another beautiful day at the Mooreland House. It was windy but the sun was shining and it was 40 degrees. Kerry got tired of seeing the vines that covered the final Osage Orange tree at the front of the house. It was below freezing in the house so we decided to work outside. This is a transformation that is very visible.

16 thoughts on “Improved view

  1. carhartt986 February 5, 2021 / 17:49

    I’ve never heard of an Osage Orange tree. I’ll have to research this. Maybe it’s a transplant from Osage County Oklahoma…huh Kerry? 😉

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    • moorelandhouse February 5, 2021 / 17:58

      Not sure where they are from but we found out what they were when we asked about them on FaceBook. We think they are very ugly trees but people ooh and aah over them so… we are torn on what to do with them. They were planted by Col. Moore for his new wife Minnie Ball. They drop unusable fruit called “hedge apples” that are about the size of softballs.

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      • carhartt986 February 5, 2021 / 20:01

        Yes, after I googled it, it is a hedge apple tree. I’ve been told if you throw them in crawl spaces (under a home) they deter mice. I rarely see these trees in northeastern Oklahoma but we do pick some up in the southern part of the state.

        It’s cool they were planted for Mini. I’d definitely keep them. 💚

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      • moorelandhouse February 5, 2021 / 21:39

        They also have thorns on the new growth. They really hurt.

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  2. Diana February 5, 2021 / 17:49

    great work looks very nice

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  3. J. Staft February 5, 2021 / 17:53

    A much cleaner view. It makes it easier to see the house. Nice!

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  4. laurapostart February 5, 2021 / 20:06

    It looks great! We have those trees in East Texas. Horses love to eat the hedge apples. The only use I know of for them. I guess Minnie Ball loved them…glad to know someone did! 🙂

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    • moorelandhouse February 5, 2021 / 21:37

      Luckily our trees are either mostly males (they don’t drop fruit) or they are not very healthy because we only had to pick up about 10 hedge apples for 4 large trees.

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  5. Myrgle Huffman February 5, 2021 / 20:36

    Good job! ” I can see clearly now” ( just couldn’t help saying that, the song just popped into my mind)

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  6. mnchknky February 6, 2021 / 14:02

    They look much nicer now that you can actually see all of them. A much cleaner sight for sure. Once we cleaned out our tree line (divides the property lines with the neighbors) I planted different kinds of pretty tall grasses (like Zebra grass).

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    • mnchknky February 6, 2021 / 14:06

      If I’m not mistaken the huge tree that grows along the ground at Fort Harrod is an Osage Orange tree.

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    • moorelandhouse February 6, 2021 / 17:12

      Yes, it does look better. You are correct the tree at Fort Harrod is an Osage Orange. We probably will do something with it if it gets to that shape.

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      • mnchknky February 6, 2021 / 19:30

        I love that crazy looking old tree and all the kids love climbing on it when they hold events. It’s like a free baby sitter while they shop and socialize.

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