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One whole ripe blueberry!

Blueberries ripening

And more to come.

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Spring flowers are feasts for bees

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In years past, mid-April has been when the crocus peak, but the crocuses are already done. This year, most of the flowers are at least two weeks early. In fact, so much has been flowering in the last week, I’m having trouble keeping up.  The bees are having a great spring.

So while they are still on show in real life, here are some flowers on the web: Blueberries, apples, grape hyacinth, dandelions, wild violets, and yes, even tulips

Sometimes red means go put on a sweater

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The first bits of autumn are hitting the yard. There’s red in the leaves on the Burning bush. There’s red in the leaves on the blueberries. There’s red in the leave of the Virginia creeper. Are there oranges and yellow? Probably, but what I notice is the red warning of the coming cold.

A darker harvest

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Sounds like a cheesy vampire novel, but all I see are deep colored berries entering the mix: black raspberries, blueberries, and darkest of all, mulberries. Oh yeah, the strawberries are still ripening, too.

Whenever I pick black raspberries, I always remember a story I read as a child, “Green Black Raspberries are Red.” This is true. For any raspberry, you have to wait until the fruit comes off with the slightest tug. The same goes for blueberries: no matter how purple it looks, I test them to see if the stem breaks easily enough to let go. Mulberries are easy. Once they turn that nearly black purple, they drop into your hand at a touch.

Now if I could only remember how to tell if peaches are ripe. They’re next.

A raspberry and a blueberry from the bees

Today’s harvest was brought to you by the bees.

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Honeybees and small carpenter bees in the raspberries. Bumblebees, too, but they’re too fast for me to get a good picture. I caught a Lasioglossum bee in the flowerhead of one of the scallions I planted last fall. And the coriander flower is showing off one of my favorite syphrid flies, the beautifully patterned Toxomerus.

Blueberries, uncovered

Blueberry flowers

The sun came out, I cut down and dug up some grass, and uncovered my blueberry plants. It looks like they’re even setting fruit, but there’s still some clusters of bell-like, white flowers. So, as promised, here they are.

Berry seasonal

One ripe raspberry.

I like how the berry season overlaps. The first raspberry is ripe…
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Blueberry!

Blueberries are ripe. Mulberries are ripe. One or two of them, anyway. With blueberries you have to watch for that greyish blush to cover the deep blue color. I planted lowbush blueberries, because I like the smaller, more intense flavor of the little berries. This means a lot of stooping to pick these berries, almost as close to the ground as the strawberries.
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Blueberry blossoms (say that three times fast)

Blueberry blossoms like bells ringing

The blueberries aren’t as easy to see as the fruit trees, being lowbush berries, but they’re picking up the pace of flowering. Lots of little white blossoms hanging close to the ground.

Here we are, little miner bees, here we are!

Obligatory leaves

Blueberry leaves

Blueberry leaves

It being fall, the leafy colors are all around. Aside from the burning bush, the other bits of red leaves come from the blueberry bushes. What do you know? Just as advertised. But these are lowbush, not highbush blueberries, so they’re not going to be much of a stand-in for any euonymi.
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