200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Blueberries and Meadowsweet
The first blueberries are almost ready, about three weeks earlier than last year.
Here's the upper blueberry hill, where the bushes around the edge of the below shot are highbush blueberry, about 8-10 feet high, surrounding the central area full of Meadowsweet (which I just identified today thanks to Newcomb's again!)
Meadowsweet flowers ready to pop. I used flowers from last year to count 5 regular parts.
There are some lowbush blueberry (I'm guessing), about ankle high with my foot to the left.
Wikipedia says that Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, one of the components of aspirin. The fellow that invented aspirin for Bayer used this plant as the starter. It was used in the middle ages to strew on floors for the good smell, and for bridal garlands. Apparently, chewing part of the plant relieves headaches. Who knew this plant I thought was junk was such interesting stuff!