I know that fall is truly on the way when Osage Orange gets its fruit. I keep my eye on a few trees on public property in my town and when the time is right, I take a few fruits for decorating. This brain-like fruit is a real conversation starter and it makes a perfect late summer centerpiece for my table.
If you harvest these for decoration, watch them closely because they will eventually start to brown and will then quickly decompose. A decomposing Osage Orange is a smelly thing.
Osage Orange is a sure sign of fall. I love the change in season in Virginia. The days are getting shorter and soon the night temperatures will be cool and comfortable. Crickets and other insects are chirping up a storm in the evening, another fall sign. Mums have buds, just about ready to burst. I don’t want to say good-bye to summer, but I will welcome fall when it arrives.