Posted by: gisspar | March 28, 2009

It’s more spring!

My elderberry didn’t die! Soon, soon the little elves will invade my yard (I am doing the scheming fingers bit right now). Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be big enough to sit under at Midsummer’s, so I probably won’t be able to see the Fairy King. 

I planted a serviceberry 2 years ago in part to see if I could get edible berries. I’ve had some luck seeing the unripe berries and no luck actually picking the berries before the birds get them. I’m alright with that – the previous owners had grass and, well, grass. I’ve slowly been introducing more flowering and fruiting plants around the place to make it a little friendlier to the wildlife. I had a very industrious bumble bee in the catmints and a few juvenile praying mantii (mantises?) hanging out in the dill. And even if I never get to try the berries, at least the flowers are pretty. 

elderberry

 First year of the elderberry. (I am not so fond of the rabbits.)

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And the serviceberry flowering last year. I though for a long time it was struggling until I caught a rabbit with 8 inches of stem sticking out of its mouth. So annoying.

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