Posted by: atowhee | September 3, 2012

BERRY TIME

In the mountains the elderberries are ripening, in time for the black bears’ pre-snooze gorge-fest. Here in the valley the Himalayan blackberries are in great taste right now. They’re so good even our dog likes them. And she’s not much of a fructatarian most of the time.
There are some fine native fruit as well:
The chokecherries are dark and tempting. They are used for jam and jelly if you get there before the Robins and Cedar Waxwings.
This is the snowberry, a member of the honeysuckle family and found in shaded places. The berry on this plant is edible but is said to taste a bit soapy so the berries will NOT be the first to disappear.
These plums are along lower Ashland Creek. I believe they are feral plums, not our one native plum in this area.
And my wild honeysuckle is now carrying its carmine berries, each about the size of a small pea. I know the birds will be eating those.


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