March 15, 2013

June 23, 2009 2+ Sunny Days!

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Food,◦Gardens — sharon @ 3:55 pm

Maybe my complaining had some effect, though I doubt it. But the ever evolving seasons have finally brought a change in our weather, and I’ve been able to spend more time out and around the yard and fields. The white wild strawberries are actually still producing, and now the red raspberries are coming too! And another thing – along our driveway there’s a wild cherry tree.
wild cherry tree
When I was a kid I loved wild cherry Life Savers, but never tasted wild cherry flavor anywhere else. Well, here it is, at its’ source. They’re small but sweet, and just ripening.
wild cherry tree
The wineberries are swelling now, too, and won’t be far behind. But while I was out along the driveway, I snapped these pictures of another shrub, the elderberry. It’s currently in flower, if a little past its peak, but it’s blooming heavily this year. If you look closely at the first picture of the cherry tree, you can see it below and to the left 0f the tree in the distance, at the corner of the field – just to the right of the lower part of the drive.
elderberry
Close up it’s much more impressive.
elderberry

As you head down the drive to the road, and follow the road to the corner, you come to the base of the hill upon which the house stands. It’s a large rock outcropping, which apparently has some special significance, because local colleges’ geology classes stop on annual field trips. The rocks stretch upward from the side of the road by the stream, right into our basement, one side of which has no floor but rather a large mound of rock.

I mention all this because the coming of summer has brought another profusion of bloom: the prickly pear cactus that spill down over the rock to the gravel below.
prickly pear
prickly pear
prickly pear
prickly pear

On the way back up the drive to the house, I stopped by the field for some fresh-dug red potatoes (and some parsley to prepare them with). Also on tonight’s menu, sauteed beet greens with garlic. The spring rains and now the early summer sun have brought us a true wealth of beauty and sustenance, with an anticipation of much more to come. But now it’s time to get down to work, getting ready for our summer show at Kutztown this weekend.

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