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TRR photo by Scott Rando
A gall or “oak apple” is attached to this oak leaf. This gall wasp shelter is not as safe as it appears. Squirrels frequently gnaw on the galls, and birds will break them open to feed on the larva within.

Some trees have a lot of gall

Along a trail in Sullivan County a couple of weeks back, I spotted what appeared to be a large grape lying on the ground. It was green in color with some brown spots and had a section of oak leaf attached to it. Handling this curious object revealed that it had a smooth skin and was somewhat rigid, but not hard. The three-quarter-inch green ball was almost perfectly round.

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“It is the month of June,

The month of leaves and roses,

When pleasant sights salute the eyes

And pleasant scents the noses.”

— Nathaniel Parker Willis, “The Month of June”

The dazzle of roses and headiness of new marriages tell us June is for lovers. The mad rush of early spring planting and making divisions has given way to more modest maintenance chores. Now that transplants are set and beans are coming up, weeding, watering and feeding take up the slack.

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