In poking around to find all our possible food sources for this winter, Miz Flora reacquainted us with Witch Hazel. She’d noticed my photos of this shrub from earlier this fall.
“Look at all those flowers,” she said. “Why don’t you go check to see if they’ve set seeds?”
We scampered out to the shrubs planted in our neighborhood—under the oaks ironically. They are just ripening and thanks to Miz Flora will make up for those lean acorns.
“Not as energy-producing as a decent acorn,” she told us, “but will fill our bellies. Now that I won’t hear any grumbling from you younger squirrels, you might say a word to your readers that I’d like a few ears of corn put out, if they have an inclination to help us. That’s good protein for squirrels.”
You head her; I’m passing that along word-for-word.
“And tell them thank you,” Miz Flora said. “I can tell from your readers there’s a lot of good humans. I’m glad I’ve come to know them better through our blog.”