The woods around us are filled with lots of different trees. I have several favorites and the Sassafras is one of them.
It grows a bit like a weed here, showing up all over the wooded areas and throughout the yard.
I hate when I have to get rid of one. I really enjoy their odd leaves and the wonderful fall colors they give.
This one has taken up with a large pine tree and is now getting a bit big. It is not a good place for the tree to be growing, but I have not had the heart to get rid of it.
I keep telling Mark it has to go. Then I see it's leaves and now the fall colors and my heart is not in letting it go.
I have used the green leaves as a pattern on tiles- so there is a bond between me and these leaves.
It also brings back memories of my brother and his friends digging the root, making a fire outside and drinking the Sassafras tea.
It seemed so wild and somehow reckless to me, standing there drinking something we dug from the ground.
Mark also watched a show about using the leaves to make gumbo.
We took some of the dried leaves and ground them up , but I confess I have never made gumbo before- But I think about it.
Do any of you use the Sassafras leaves or root?
My mind is on leaves and tiles but my hands are working on the wheel getting ready for the next show.
So tiles need to wait until I have some down time.....