I find myself on a walk in North Carolina alongside the Longleaf Pine. These trees don’t grow in Pennsylvania; this explains why I’m marveling over their enormous pinecones. These pinecones grow up to a foot in length. I gather a few that fell onto the sidewalk. Later, I discover that my great aunt collected many of these beautiful pinecones and stored them in her basement. She offered two bags of stored pinecones for me to use as winter decoration. I learn that it’s possible to grow a pine tree (with much patience) from ancient pinecone seeds if they were stored properly. I notice several winged seeds that I might try to propagate. I’ll keep you posted!