June Berries

Path

Path

Constance equipped herself with a basket so she could do a spot of foraging on the way home from work!

Leaves

Leaves

The first stage of berry-picking is lining the basket with fresh leaves which will cushion the berries and protect the basket from stains.

Picking

Picking

Gathering berries is one of Constance’s favourite activities in the entire world.

Natural bounty

Natural bounty

Rubus ursinus is the local autochthonous wild blackberry. The fruit is small, sweet and ripens in June. The Himalayan blackberry is much more common, but is an invasive species.  Constance is glad that I know where the secret patches of wild blackberry are!

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “June Berries

  1. How very fortunate for Constance too, that she has a taxonomic helper along with her to find the most suitable berries….what a lovely adventure today that you’ve had with Constance.

  2. What a great idea to line the basket with leaves before the picking begins. Constance was a genius in coming up with that great solution. Our local cedar waxwings and blue birds have their eyes on all the local berries and dine on them with relish. Constance looks so pretty with her pink beads and brown dress. Hope she makes something scrumptious with those yummy berries.

    • We learned that tip from the story Hitty, who went picking wild raspberries with her first little girl Phoebe. Hitty was allowed to ride in a basket until it should be time to yield her place to the raspberries. “She had lined it with plantain leaves that felt pleasantly cool and smooth”

  3. such a clever girl to line her basket and such a clever human to know where those delicious berries are! Such fun photos.

  4. We’re not sure whether we have wild blackberries or wild dewberries, but they are stealthy devils, springing up in shrubbery, ready to grasp the unwary ankle. We benefit, of course, but they are invasive. Still, we enjoy eating a handful, warm from the garden. I’d love to join Constance on that path…the road goes ever onward.

    • It is a pretty road, I like getting down to Constance level to see the world from her perspective! These berry vines do trail around too, but are not invasive like the Himalayan Blackberry is. We’ve been hoping some wild blackberries would appear in our native plant hedge, but since they haven’t on their own, I might sprinkle a few precious berries in there and see what transpires.

  5. I just love the first photo in this story. Is reminiscent for me for some reason. So sweet. Yummy, too. The basket of blackberries is beautiful (the basket is beautiful, too). Celia

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