Rain or shine, hardhack is happy, as long as it has its feet in the water.
|Hardhack, Spiraea douglasii, spp. douglasii. Grows in thickets, along stream banks. This one borders the road across the beaver pond.|
|Most hardhack flowers in tall spikes, but this one may have been bitten off by a browsing deer, and flared out. Busy bee collects hardhack pollen.|
Red-osier dogwood also likes wet feet.
|Fruits of R-O dogwood, Cornus stolonifera. A white berry when ripe, inedible.|
|Why only some of the berries have developed, I don't know. Maybe it's too hot, maybe it's just an off year. Maybe the rest will ripen a bit later.|
And a bit further from the edge of the beaver pond, but still on damp soil, a few Black Twinberry shrubs add their colour to the greenery.
|Lonicera involucrata. This is a twin, but the second fruit hasn't developed.|
|The twins that give the plant its name. The red bracts give it its Latin name, L. involucrata.|
We used to call these pretty berries "loco berries", and were warned not to eat them. The Kwakwaka'wakw (speakers of the Kwak'wala language, a local tribal group) thought that if you ate one, you'd go dumb, unable to speak. Paralyzed by the horrible taste, probably. I never dared try.