The raspberry harvest always peaks right around the week of Readercon. I have quarts and quarts in the fridge and the freezer. I offered up a pint of raspberries to the con suite. And there’s still more raspberries that I don’t have time to pick because of Readercon. Hang on there, raspberries, don’t drop off. […]
Read More Readercon is also raspberry week
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 […]
Read More A darker harvest
This is one of the uncommon bumblebees I’ve been seeing lemon yellow flashes of in the raspberries. I think it’s the Perplexing Bumblebee. Better look quick, there she goes!
Read More Hunting bumblebees in the raspberries
Today’s harvest was brought to you by the bees. 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 […]
Read More A raspberry and a blueberry from the bees
I’m still picking raspberries! Maybe not quite a bowl full, but they’re bearing quite a respectable collection every couple days.
Read More Red Falls Near and Far
1. Fall raspberries are extra sweet and delicious. 2. So are fall Alpine strawberries. 3. Skunk odor remover works.
Read More Three things that make me glad today
My Heritage raspberries have finally gotten their second wind. They’re classed as everbearing, but what that really means is they can offer a dual crop: one on last year’s growth in midsummer, and another on this year’s growth in fall. They’ve been in flower all August, but the inconstant dry weather seems to have held […]
Read More Return of the raspberries
I like how the berry season overlaps. The first raspberry is ripe…
Read More Berry seasonal
The bees are busy in the berries. Lots of bumblebees rush from flower to flower in the raspberries. This one seems to be trying to choose between a berry in progress and a fresh flower. So many berries, so little time. And there’s other bees to compete with.
Read More Bees in the berries
The Latin name for my bumblebees is Bombus impatiens, and when they’re foraging on raspberry flowers, they really earn their name.
Read More Fussy bumbles