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July 27, 2007


Ralph Houston

Don't climb a horse apple tree!Has huge thorns on the trunk and limbs.Lots of horse apples in Mississippi!

Cathy Fuchs

Love your page! I stumbled upon it this morning looking for a way to preserve "horse apples." I LOVED all of the pictures. You are a very talented woman!

Joanne L Jordan

I have even heard that they are a natural insect repelent! I need to find me tree right away, lol.


In the Dallas area they are called Horse Apples... and spray painted in gold or silver make a wonderful decoration for the holidays!

Mike - Stone Hill Farms

Tina - If anyone is interested in these - I will ship them some if they will cover the costs of doing so.

They only last a week or two, so it might not be worth the trouble for someone. They look great on your table! Mike

Michelle Sylvia

I have loved these for years! I use them in the fall to decorate, but I absolutely LOVE what you have done with them for summer decorating!

Someday it is my dream to have a tree that produces these all to myself.

Your blog is lovely.
Many Blessings,

Heather J

That is such a fresh look, especially with the daisies tucked in. Love it!


I grew up throwing 'horse apples' at all the icky boys that wouldn't leave me and my friends alone while we made mudpies in our "kitchen" at the creek... I love the thought of using them in my grown up kitchen 30 years later, hehe. Thanks for the inspiration, Tina! :)


ahh HAH! so that's what those are called:) I have seen them and never quite knew now I do..very pretty in that pot* psst I'm over here now:) xo


Wow, doesn't nature just have the most wonderful decorating tools?


I really like the look of these. Do you know how long they last? Do they have a season...I'm assuming by the fresh look of these that now is the time to get them but I kind of associate seeing them on the ground in the fall.


Here in Ohio we call them Osage Oranges and use them as a natural repellent for spiders...I put them in the basement to keep the spiders away...something to do with the citrus-y scent!


WOW - just looked through all of your archives - you have an incredible looking house - and oh so many interesting and beautiful things in them!!! You are very talented!!! I am just in awe! I could comment about sooo many things, and I also like your list of music to listen to! I may just want to make one of the "window rooms" you have, are they attached at the bottom to keep them from swinging too much? You are very talented!



Wow...I remember these things from childhood. Love what you have done with them!


These things come off bois d'arc trees. I'm in northeast Texas and they are everywhere. The wood from the bois d'arc tree is very hard and is used for barbed wire fencing.


Luv them in the concrete urn and the daisy picks are such a nice touch! I've never heard of them before this. I also thought they were moss balls untill I looked closer!



Hey Tina...your pictures look as though they are out of a magazine or decorating book. You should have your own magazine or decorating show!~~Rosemary


wow, those things are all over where my parents live, i didn't ever think of decorating with them. Very clever of you :) Rosemary


They look great, Tina! I've never decorated with them. (and I've always heard them called horse apples) You know, I don't see as many of them around as I used to - I guess as the houses go up, the trees go down! Hubby and I used to ride country roads on the weekends but that was before kids and when gas was, what?, maybe sixty cents a gallon! Kids are grown now, but can't afford the gas to just roam the countryside!


How long will they last before they start to rot?
Around here they are called osage oranges.I think you made a wonderful table arrangement with them!!
I bought at a yard sale a moss ball!!Pretty cool,made out of styrofoam ball.I wonder if I need to spray mist it with water or leave it alone???

Valery Schweitzer

I have never seen these before either!?-Are they a Live plant?- I don't get it?-lol are they dried and stay like that?- If they are-dryed and permanant- I would get some- I am so curious about these- I have never seen or heard of them- & I also lived in victoria Texas for a year- I never saw them there either!?- Where do I find them? & what is their purpose? to eat? or what is it? Do they dry and stay nice like that?- or do you just replace them like fresh flowers?- ha- they really are pretty!- I am going to google the name of them now- to see what they are- Tina- I learn so much from you- these things are really pretty in the urn the way you designed that- I am still trying to find a "Tulipierre", and a pot rack just like yours too- you have the nicest unique things- but I have trouble finding them around here- & when I ask about these names - no one so far knows what I am even talking about!ha- Love , Valery


I saw these for the first time a few years ago and thought they were the neatest things I had ever seen. Thanks for the tip about baking them too.
Tina they look like they belong on your table - the color is cool. Can't you just see the expression on the guy's face at the paint counter when you hand him of these and say, "would you please match my paint to this"? LOL

tea time and roses

Wow, Am I the only girl who has not seen these before! I really love the color, and you have them displayed beautifully...




Those are called bois d'arc balls and we have tons of them on our farm. The armadillos enjoy eating them, too.


They're osage oranges in the Mid-Atlantic! And kids throw them at each other across country lanes. :)

Mrs. Rabe

I thought these were Osage Oranges! :)

They have great color don't they?

Betty Jo

I've seen these growing and lying under trees around here and wondered what on earth they were. Now I know! Next time I'll stop and pick some of them up. Do they change colors in the fall or remain green? Your kitchen is so cheery. I needed cheering up today, so glad I stopped by. xoxo


I love hedgeballs.. (That's what my neck of the woods in Missouri called them). Did you know you can slice them really thin and bake them in a 200 degree oven and dry them... They curl up and make cool, cool little flowers for fall wreaths. They have a sticky sweet cloying scent when they bake though... Also, just a precaution, if you set them on anything nice like a fabric or wood item, you might want to line it with some kind of plate or foil or something because they seep. I haven't ever seen them look any prettier than in your photo. You have the touch, girl! I love to look at your pictures.


Wow they really add that fresh splash of color. Looks very nice in the urn.


I love them! At first look, I thought they were some sort of faux moss-type ball. They look wonderful with the daisies! So pretty! Don't think they can be found here in the Pacific Northwest. At least, I've not seen them.


You can touch them~ they are not poisonous to handle. They are not food, so don't eat them. I've decorated with them for years...


This southern girl knows them as hedge apples. I thought they were poisonous, so I would never touch them. Who knew you could decorate with them? :D

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