I spy

‘I spy with my little eye.’

Did you ever play that with your kids or grands? I did with my grands, and I was thinking about it this weekend while walking the beach and visiting Brookgreen Gardens.

What is the top right photo? Mistletoe, of course. πŸ™‚ A MI friend spotted it and led me there to take a look. Never, in all my life, have I thought about where mistletoe grows, but grow it does on mostly pecan, hickory, oaks, red maple, and black gum trees. Mistletoe is considered a parasite and often kills its host tree. There are 36 species in the US and Canada, it is often called a witches’ broom, and can grow 5′ wide and weigh up to 50 lbs.

Those facts would make great trivia questions, but let’s not go there. I filled in for a friend on a trivia team last week, and let’s just say it was quite humbling.

This group is never far from food, so last week provided opportunities to participate in a ladies’ luncheon, pot luck supper, and a country club brunch.

I’m working on a fabric landscape piece right now at the sewing machine having finished gifts for the March ladies luncheon. When I complete the landscape, a Christmas tree to hang on the wall is up next.

What’s up for you this last week in February. By the way, where did February go?

About NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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58 Responses to I spy

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I love the gallery, Judy, but that lobster grilled cheese has me drooling a little. Especially as I consider the bowl of Special-K waiting for me 😦

    We might hit 60 degrees today. I have to check some flashing on our chimney, seems like a good day to do it. The rest of this week looks like rain on warm days and sun on cold days – I guess I’ll be inside.

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  2. A balmy 45 in central Maine yesterday! And mistletoe! I was wondering what the heck those bunches were. At first I thought they might be squirrel nests. The things I learn from my blogging friends. Trivia can be humbling but also so much fun! I really like the collage you made of the things you spied with your little eye. (I played that with my girls when they were young.)

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Mistletoe!!? I thought they were nests. I also never thought about where it came from. It was just ‘there’! Love your collage of photos, especially the footprints.

    Yep, hard to believe February is almost gone. I don’t remember months flying by so quickly when I was young! Maybe that’s the problem….my memory bank is flying by!! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  4. Dawn says:

    So many new discoveries every week in South Carolina, Judy! Thanks for the mistletoe lesson. I had no idea! Savor every beautiful, yummy moment! I’m so happy that you are busy stitching on your wonderful projects, my friend.
    Winter’s song is still serenading us here in the Midwest. We are expecting 5-8 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send us warm sunshine! Paper hugs!πŸ’—

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  5. Joyce says:

    I agree with Laurie! I thought those clumps were squirrel nests, too!
    I love the sweeping vistas that greet you every morning – and the lone footprints on the sand are haunting! Perfect solitude!

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  6. I love the gallery, Judy! Mistletoe grows in the Oaks here. I grew up seeing it all over the hills, but it is was surprising how surprised a friend who moved to the Bay Area from Indiana was too learn it grew on the Oak trees.

    You spied beautiful things over the week, and the food and drink look yummy!

    I’ve got to get our taxes prepared to go to the accountant. Drudgery!!

    I’m looking forward to seeing your new projects when they’re complete.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    I loved the I-Spy books when my kids were little. We would spend hours poring over them.
    Things are warming up here, 55 today, woo-hoo! Our non-winter is almost over by the looks of it, but course, March is an unpredictable month!

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  8. Love the idea of traveling and quilting at the same time. You may be the ultimate multi-tasker!

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos of the flowers give me hope that spring might be headed this way soon.

    I loved the I Spy game as a child. In fact it’s the basis of my IG bio: “Here’s what I spy with my bifocaled eye.” πŸ™‚

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  10. It was a favourite game especially when travelling in my dad’s car. Beautiful gallery of things you spied, Judy. The cyclamen is gorgeous.

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  11. Nancy says:

    We too have Mistletoe Toe out here in AZ,

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  12. Nancy says:

    My message sent way before I intended it too. Sounds like a beautiful and yummy week for you! And yes trivia is humbling!

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  13. germac4 says:

    I love the collage … there is something quite serene about a beach at sunrise and sunset..πŸ˜€ I’ve seen Key Lime Pie on our visit to the US but never tried it…. can’t think why … looks lovely!

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  14. Great job of spying, Judy! We had “I Spy” books when the girls were little and they were a lot of fun. I first saw mistletoe in France and now I notice it every time I’m there. Keep enjoying the warmth while you can!

    janet

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  15. Oddment says:

    Oh, yes! “I Spy” is the ultimate car game! You don’t want for things to spy there — and they are all beautiful. But that gooey lime thing in the glass — I had to reach for the smelling salts! I hope we get to see your projects when they’re finished!

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  16. I love that top gallery. I use to play I Spy all the time with my kids in the car.

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  17. Love that game…thanks for the returning memory.

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  18. pbmgarden says:

    I remember my father and his brothers shooting mistletoe from a treetop once at my grandparents’s farm. It grows so high it’s difficult to harvest. Love the view of the wide beach.

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    I just assumed mistletoe was a shrub. I had no idea it was a parasite-plant. I’m starting to think I’ve actually seen it and never known what it was. Since it appears to grow so high, I doubt I’ll ever be able to confirm it.

    I too wonder what happened to February …

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    I never knew where mistletoe grew until I went down to Florida for the first time. I thought they were birds nests at first. It’s interesting to see what grows in different parts of the country, especially when seeing something for the first time.

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  21. mitzybricker says:

    Mistletoe grows here in Virginia as well. πŸ™‚

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  22. I enjoyed this visit to your blog, Judy, with interesting information about mistletoe. I was thinking, like you, where did February go? I’m ready for spring. P. x

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  23. Forestwood says:

    Indeed, where did February go? I still feel like I am warming up to start the New Year – kind of end of January feel. No grandkids here but I regularly played I spy – such a great game for kids travelling in cars. Mind you, these days they have ipods, phones, dvds etc – sadly, not so many want to play these games anymore.

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  24. The last of the snow is melting here – until the next snowstorm, at least. First snowdrops beginning to bloom. I may do a bit of garden cleanup this weekend. Or maybe get my seed-starting stuff in order.

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  25. joey says:

    February might have been quick, but it was a lot like ripping off a band-aid.
    I would like to eat the key lime jar thingy there, please.

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