Oh how I love our pines! Yes, I can be caught hugging them from time to time. Traditionally my best friend and I have made Christmas wreaths together since college. When we moved to the country last year and I realized there were a plethora of pinecones, she and I started a fall wreath tradition. This is the one I made Sunday. I prefer natural wreaths. The beauty is every year it's a bit different and other than the decor I save and reuse it is completely compostable. Plus it's fun making crafty memories. .
Loblolly ▶(Pinus taeda) For the scientific name, Pinus is the Latin name for the pines and taeda refers to the resinous wood. ▶Native to the Southeastern United States, from central Texas east to Florida, and north to Delaware and southern New Jersey. Loblolly pine is the pine of the Lost Pines Forest around Bastrop, Texas, and in McKinney Roughs along the Texas Colorado River. These are isolated populations on areas of acidic sandy soil, surrounded by alkaline clays that are poor for pine growth. (We live in a small town in Bastrop County that is the Lost Pines) ▶Loblolly pine can reach a height of 30–35 m (98–115 ft) with a diameter of 0.4–1.5 m (1.3–4.9 ft). Exceptional specimens may reach 50 m (160 ft) tall, the largest of the southern pines. Its needles are in bundles of three, sometimes twisted, and measure 12–22 cm (4 3⁄4–8 3⁄4 in) long, an intermediate length for southern pines, shorter than those of the longleaf pine or slash pine, but longer than those of the shortleaf pine and spruce pine. The needles usually last up to two years before they fall, which gives the species its evergreen character. Although some needles fall throughout the year due to severe weather, insect damage, and drought, most needles fall during the autumn and winter of their second year. The seed cones are green, ripening pale buff-brown, 7–13 cm (2 3⁄4–5 in) in length, 2–3 cm (3⁄4–1 1⁄4 in) broad when closed, opening to 4–6 cm (1 1⁄2–2 1⁄4 in) wide, each scale bearing a sharp spine 3 to 6 mm (0.12 to 0.24 in) long.