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Old 07-24-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Elderberries ripe!

There are several clusters of ripe berries on the bush by my house, and here I am with a gallon of last year's elderberries still in the freezer!

I'm going to put back as much as I can, though. I got virtually no blackberries this year because of a heat wave at exactly the wrong time -- all the ripening berries dried up.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:42 AM   #2
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You're lucky to have elderberries! Would love to see a photo JennyC.

In our neck of the woods, the blackberries look pretty sad. Dry weather and very cool temps all summer created havoc like nothing I've ever seen before.

I started examing the blackberry thickets more closely (we have blackberry patches in our woods about the size of a football field). Some are just starting to blosoom, but only 2 or 3 blossoms per shrub. Some have no blossoms at all. The ones I could find that actually have berries are tiny, green, hard and scarce.

This time of year those blackberry bushes should be loaded and ripe with berries.

The blackberries are a main source of food for the black bears and other wild life in our woods, so they will be hurting as well.

Of course I'm missing my annual blackberry gorge as well.

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elderberries, ripe

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