I was too busy to take pictures but here is another shot of my granddaughter and her cousin, the driver!My granddaughter is the mother of four adult offspring, and the grandmother of two young boys with another baby due in her family next year. Her cousin is the mother of three and they all keep really busy.
Later in the day, after things calmed down and NY went on the road to home, my son and his lady took a long buggy ride. It was perfect! He had picked up something on their way here that he wanted identified. I knew what it was but researched it anyway for them. We used to call them "horse balls" but I don't know why. I did know that the trees have long sharp spikes and were used as fence lines to retain farm animals. I took a picture of his find and then showed him the results of the research.
Osage Orange Horse Apple Monkey Ball Maclura Pomifera Tree.
The “hedge apple” is the yellow-green, softball-sized fruit of the Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera). The Osage-orange is a small- to medium-sized tree. It commonly grows 25 to 30 feet tall. The Osage-orange is dioecious. Dioecious plants produce male and female flowers on separate plants. Small green flowers appear on trees in May or June. Female trees produce 4 to 5 inch diameter fruit that mature in September or October and fall to the ground. Osage-orange fruit are also called “hedge balls.” The common names “hedge apple” and “hedge ball” are derived from the widespread use of Osage-orange trees as hedges by farmers in the mid-nineteenth century.
Link to another research site here:
Gifts were exchanged and great camaraderie prevailed all day! I was so happy to see them all together.