200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Ground Covered with Flowers
I went to visit the upper blueberry hill to see how the blueberries are doing, and was surprised to see the ground covered with flowers.
I think these are Dewberries, either swamp or northern. Likely swamp dewberries. Wikipedia says they're not tasty, but a dull blue dye can be made from the berries. I think I may try that when the berries ripen. Lord knows I have plenty of white fiber just waiting for dye experiments.
Here's another shot of the dewberries.
The blueberries are still small and very green. Elderberry blossoms are just opening up. It looks to be several weeks before these ripen, minimum. On another note: there is only one cucumber plant left, of six planted in the bed next to the house. After the first two went, my mother put cages of chicken wire around the remaining four. Then another two went, and my mother put plastic plant pots with the bottom cut out around the two left, over the chicken wire. Then yesterday mid-day something took one more. Now there's only one man standing and I fear it's a goner. The predator isn't taking the leaves, just snipping them off. I think it's trying to drag the leaves through the holes in the chicken wire. It's gotta be something small, maybe a mouse?
I hope it doesn't go for the cantaloupe or honeydew melon plants. I only have one of each!