The Acorns Are Falling

This year is a very ‘bad’ year for acorns, depending on your point of view. The hot summer has produced a bumper crop on the large oaks at the front and back of the house, so we are now suffering something of an ‘acorn avalanche’. This old post gives some idea what that is like, and not many of you have seen it before.

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A sure sign that the season is changing, the sound of falling acorns is upon us in Beetley.

I should give some background, to make this all easier to picture. I could just post a lot of photos, but that would be far too easy. When we first viewed this house, one of the things we most liked about it, was the presence of two large oak trees. One is at the front of the property, and the other in the back garden. On a Google Earth viewing, they can easily be seen, dominating the comparatively small plot. As it is a bungalow, they do not intrude on the roof, and provide valuable shade, as well as an attractive โ€˜canopyโ€™ over most of the property. They are both very old, perhaps over three hundred years or more, with the larger one in the garden, though the one at the frontโ€ฆ

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20 thoughts on “The Acorns Are Falling

  1. Apparently, oak trees are some of those which “communicate” somehow and plot to flummox the squirrel population. They create bumper crops of acorns, but together as a cohort, not individually or randomly. This, so it is thought, to overwhelm the squirrels so that they forget where they buried some of their caches and new oaks spring forth from the squirrels’ memory lapses.

    Amazing to collect a bushel of mast and keep them sequestered for a few months. Then dump them in a pile and watch the squirrels rejoice.

    https://anonymole.com/2018/11/03/twenty-pounds-of-acorns/

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  2. Oak trees are beautiful but the acorns sound like a pain. We don’t have oak trees, but we do have lots of pine trees and douglas firs and they keep us (okay, mostly Bob) busy, cleaning up the cones that fall everywhere. But at least they’re soft and don’t sound like bullets when they drop. And the squirrels help by burying them so they can eat the seeds later, assuming they remember where. ๐Ÿ™‚

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