Their common name here is Sweetgum. My mother, who grew up poor in Mississippi, told me she was taught to use a small Sweetgum twig, smashed at one end, as a toothbrush. I suppose this was a practice from the frontier days in eastern North America.
Isn't it amazing what a photo can evoke..I was scrolling down and all of a sudden I could smell (memory smell) those leaves! Wonderful!
Hello Faisal:Liquidambar, one of the loveliest of trees,in our view, for autumn colour. Once, many years ago, we planted a young specimen in our Herefordshire garden but, unfortunately, we never able to see it in its maturity.
James - that other world of making-do was much more resourceful, and surely did it tougher than us. I bet those twigs kept her teeth as clean as any product we've invented since. CR - the same thing happens to me, and the sense of smell is the one we seem to forget, and can yet be the most powerful. Jane and Lance - I believe you had quite a wonderful garden in Herefordshire - do you miss it now your life is more cosmopolitan, and are you going to post pictures of it? I'd love to see them.
duhI had a panic attack there for a moment when you were talking about autumn!couldnt work out where summer went until I rmembered where you live!duh