Berries, 2018!

After a very dry spring we got rain…lots of rain.  The berries are hanging in clusters from the selections we planted five years ago…Honeybee and Aurora.  We officially open on Canada Day.  Anyone can come and pick as much as they like for free.  It will be a bumper crop.

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come-and-gone and still plenty

…at verison there are phalanx of cedar waxwings that come to feed. But now they are fully vanished. And that they grazed so heavily for eight or nine days leaves us in awe that there are any berries at all. But the fruit hangs heavily. Even on the Aurora we planted a mere two years ago. These were fully un-netted. And to which some turned yesterday with delight at this selection’s abundance as humans themselves ate and gathered and ate and gathered.

Our original question years ago was how many plants might we have to plant to allow the birds to eat and still have enough for ourselves?  We aren’t sure when that tipping point came, but it looks like 3,000 definitely washes well-over the lip of that waterfall…