garden ponderings


Bad Berries & Good Berries


Hawthorn berries are a colorful addition for the holidays, if you can get through the thorns!  Birds will eat the berries during the winter, and spread the seeds to the frustration of people.  English settlers (ignorantly) brought hawthorns to my area over 100 years ago – and we are still cursing them (the English & the hawthorns).

Classic English hedgerows were made of hawthorns.  Professional gardeners were needed to weave and maintain the hedgerows.  In the new world, there was plenty of wood to make fences, and they were not a full-time job to maintain.

Where I live today, the hawthorn is a significant, noxious and invasive plant.
The large thorns are capable of puncturing a tractor tire.
I have broken a couple pair of garden clippers trying to clip too large a hawthorn stem.
(Not counting all the scratches I have endured:-)

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I cannot think of anything negative to say about Snowberries.
This native plant lives along the seasonal and year-long creeks here.
Beautiful white berries stand out among the thickets and stems of deciduous bushes.
(Please excuse my less-than-stellar photography, as my camera lens did not know that I wanted it to focus on the berries 🙂

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Happy Solstice to all.
I love this time of year, as I get to look forward to a touch more minutes of daylight everyday for the next six months.


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First Freeze on Its Way

While the violets thrive in cold wet weather,
the Rudbekia are not long for this world.

We’ve had an especially mild autumn,
so the hardiest perennials have hung on much longer than usual.


I noticed this spring daylily budding – way out of season.
Trying to get around Mother Nature.

Our first freeze is due in a day.  Only the violets will survive.