Leave it to nature to come up with a shape that is almost haute couture, and for Janet to sketch and cast the humble acorn into a capped jewel. Squirrels hoard these nuts that fall noisily from oak trees, raining onto fallen leaves and crunching under tire. Once in a while, nature also gifts the two acorns attached by their tops. It’s love.
Pull your hair back into a pony and show off these acorns with their magical caps. Who knew acorns were better suited as jewels on your ears than in squirrels’ cheeks? They are a captivating part of nature.
Identify the oak tree by the acorn, which is a nut technically, but it contains the seed of the oak. You’ll have to be quite studied in oakology though. There are more than 600 species of oaks.
The cap on the head is properly called a cupule.
The Caerhays Estate in Cornwall, England has a stupendous collection of rare oaks, including historic Chinese and Japanese oaks from the 1860s collected by plant collectors. The gardens are 120 acres, and will blow away magnolia fiends, too.