My pulse is quickening, it is berry season here in New England.
Strawberries are available for picking. This year we didn’t get any from our garden because the chipmunks ate them all. Last week my son-in-law went picking and shared some of his harvest so we have enjoyed some delicious locally grown berries.
There are some local cherries but not as many as we all wish. We actually had a few on our tree, but the birds ate those. So, picking locally is the way to go.
I guess when your yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat you have to expect some loss and attempt to maintain a sense of humor. But, it is hard when you expend a lot of effort gardening only to find your entire crop has been eaten. Gardeners love challenges and this will be one for us to work on for next year.
We have new blackberry bushes this year that were a gift from friends. Best kind of gift – one that keeps on giving. We have a few blooms on them and will hopefully enjoy them for many years to come.
The blueberries look great and will be turning soon. We have two very mature high bush plants as well as four new transplants.
And, the raspberries both red and black cap are growing like crazy. We’ve had raspberries for several years, but this year there is a bumper crop.
Maybe it is the good gardening practices? Or that the small animals don’t like the thorns? I’m not sure why, but it is a beautiful sight.
The adults each have their favorite berry, but the grandchildren and I love them all even the wild ones growing on the edges of the wet lands.
In the middle of the winter with snow flying, there isn’t a better gift to get than a wonderful pie or tart made with berries from your own garden.
Happy berry season to all. May your gardens be productive or local picking be available.