Tuesday, July 28, 2009
B is for Blackberries
Blackberries are a big part of my summer. All through July as we walk with the dogs or drive around, we're scouting out the best blackberry patch. We have a few that we return to every year to pick, but we're always on the lookout for more.
Some people hate blackberry vines in their garden but I've left room for one patch in a corner so I can go out and pick a few for my cereal. I like their soft mauvy-pink blooms and the strength of their stems. And I like watching the way the buds turn to flowers and then to little green berries.
Looks like the bees like them too.
My favorite thing of course is the fully-ripe berry with its intoxicating scent and wild flavor. Around the end of August we set aside a couple of days to pick the berries and make jam, plus at least one pie. They're ripening early this year. I even found a black one and it's only July.
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