The local service berries are in flower at the moment.
Wild roses are in bloom. Yes, Rosa multiflora, but they make an amazing bright white bloom going up the side of a tree.
I’ve been eyeing up the ripening black raspberries for a the better part of a week or so. Today I finally picked a few that are absolutely, in arguably completely ripe. Perhaps my biggest beef with raspberries, is that thay … Continue reading
Today with the heat bearing down on us for the third day in a row, I noticed the almost inconsequential blossoms on pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) forming on one of the very large plants just north of my shed. A few … Continue reading
Fragaria vesca is both the common wood strawberry as well as the alpine strawberry. My understanding of the difference is that the wood strawberry variants tend to put out runners in a more or less normal fashion, where as the … Continue reading
So for the second time this year, I have Lycium plants emerging from the soil. They are tiny little bits of plants, and in my experience over the last few years very tender in their infancy. They sprout reliably though, … Continue reading
There seems something surreal about the idea of Raisin Tree (Hovenia dulcis) seeds. Really? Seeds that will grow into a tree that bears raisins? Got some magic bean stalk seeds too? The bright side to this species is that seed … Continue reading
Passion flower is named in reference to the Passion of Christ. The structure of the flowers struck early missionaries to the New World as being an ideal mnemonic for teaching the gospels of Christ. The species I am interested in … Continue reading
Diospyros lotus isn’t technically one of Lee Reich’s Uncommon Fruits, but D. kaki and D. virginiana are, and he mentions the date plum several times. I like dates, and the idea of growing something that approximates them is appealing. Deno’s … Continue reading
The Cornelian Cherry is a dogwood, not a cherry. Cornus mas is commonly grown from seed rather than vegetatively propagated, and while most sources describe the seed as best when fresh, most sources also seem to indicate that it dry … Continue reading