Saturday, June 11, 2011

More Wild Berries

A sneaky white spider on what I hope is a blackberry vine
Technically, none of these berries are wild. The blueberry bushes were purchased this year and the currants, blackberries and gooseberries were bought maybe ten years ago and spread throughout our property independently. So, as long as you don't mind waiting ten years, you too can have "wild" berries grow all around your place. nanner nanner nanner...

I am not even sure what I have is a blackberry vine (although I am hoping). It might just be a weed. But, for sure I can recognize the currants and gooseberries. The gooseberries and currants look very similar to one another. They must be closely related, no?

Flowers on a blueberry bush.
Blueberries on my blueberry bush
Currants (red or black? We will see). under a net to keep the birds from eating them all.
I have decided I want to make jam. So, I covered my favorite berry plants with bird proof netting today. However, I am terrified of canning. I will probably seal, into my jam, a resistant strain of bacteria which will further mutate. Eventually after I eat my jam, the bacteria will engulf my brains and turn me into a zombie. I have seen this thing happen before with Elo. She was normal before she ate those canned beets.


  1. Pretty cute little white spider hiding in the white flowers. Well done natural selection. =-)

  2. Jams are apparently safe on account of all the sugars. Also, I just ate and entire jar of Elo beets and am only marginally woozy. Do not fear the can.



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