The Wild Side

Not everything around here grows in pots!

Osso, or “Indian,” plum.  Edible…but I really don’t recommend it.  A berry flavor, followed by a big astringent finish (kind of like bitter cucumber.)  These tiny plums are mostly pit- the seed is about the same size as a cherry’s.  Once the fruit turns dark and soft, it quickly falls off the branch, so it can be hard to make a harvest of these anyway.  These are the first things to bloom in our woods though, with little white flowers popping out in February, followed by leaves.  They look so pretty in the otherwise bare woods.  They grow, and spread, like mad though.

osso plum

Our backyard is almost ringed by wild, “Himalayan,” blackberries.  Non-native, these take over city lots, grow through sidewalks, and have spines that will tear through your jeans, they’ve generally entrenched themselves in the local ecosystem.  The berries sure are delicious, though.

wild blackberry

The “big mushrooms” are still going strong, even though I keep kicking them over.  This time, it’s just one, but what a monster!

large mushroom

large mushroom

Wild red huckleberries.  Generally these grow out of old stumps and fallen logs, from seeds deposited by birds.  The berry load is so skimpy, I don’t have the heart to pull off the few berries and deprive the birds.  When I was a kid we had a few really huge bushes around the yard, and we’d spend hours picking enough of the tiny berries to make a batch of Mom’s famous “huckleberry muffins.”  (Betty Crocker’s blueberry muffin recipe, with as many berries as the batter will hold, and all of the sugar it calls for.)

wild red huckleberry

Tree canopy over the back half of my yard.  This is why my garden has been in pots, set around the yard to catch the available sunlight!  It sure is nice and cool back there in the summer though.

tree canopy

Not technically “wild” but we have a few compost piles stashed around the property- this was squares of sod from the front yard, stacked upside down.  They’ve composted quickly.

sod compost pile


5 Responses

  1. oh my goodness!! Look at the size of that mushroom.

    About raspberries… I had raspberries once, until my MIL pulled them all out. She claimed they were invasive and tend to spread. I just wish she consulted with me first! Lol. Ah… bygones. 🙂 This is the same lady that weeds my garden “for fun”, so I really can’t complain.

    • I KNOW! It’s getting hard to ignore…each new generation is larger and larger.

      Sad about your raspberries!! Maybe in your new yard there’s a quiet/ sunny corner… 🙂

  2. Too bad there aren’t more huckleberries!! Oh well – the cool n’ comfy backyard makes up for it.

    We sure had fun tonight! Thanks for letting us watch the girls.

  3. Myrnie,

    Thank you for the tour of local flora and fauna (what is “fauna”, exactly?). Anywho, you have reminded me of the blackberries of my youth, spilling over fences and along roadsides when we lived in Port Angeles, Washington. Delicious!

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