Sunday, July 24, 2011

Half-wild harvest

Oregon grape grows wild in this area. We allow a few shrubs to grow in the garden; it's an attractive plant, with evergreen leaves, thick and prickly like holly leaves. Dropped leaves turn a brilliant red, very pretty. In the spring, the shrub bears bright yellow flowers, which produce small purple berries in the summer.

Fallen leaf

The berries are ripening up nicely; I tasted one this evening. It was a bit sour, but palatable. Maybe I'll make some jelly; it's good alone or made up half-and-half with blackberries or salal.

Meanwhile, the birds and the snails are getting their share:

Green berry, ripe purple berries, half-eaten berries, showing the two seeds inside. And a hungry snail.

Another snail, sleeping off a heavy breakfast.

1 comment:

  1. We have quite a few Oregon Grapes around the place, and also a few blueberries. One of the weird traditions we've come up with over the years is to slip a (very sour) Oregon Grape berry in with a handful of (wonderfully sweet) blueberries; and trick my mom into not noticing until she bites down.


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