Just about finished their blooming stage, the pin cherries led off the riot of colour in the forest. But they're just not a pretty bush, they'll produce an edible, red berry that is perhaps a little tart, but perfectly enjoyable for all the wildlife, including me.
There is nothing to compare to a forest blueberry. They are small but infinitely sweet; in fact mine never make it home to be turned into jam or pies. Both the blueberries and the pin cherries are favourites of the bear so you may share a patch with a mom and her cubs or watch while she bends a pin cherry tree over for the kids.
The flowers are starting to look alike aren't they? Choke Cherry blossoms grow in bottle brush shape while Pin Cherries grow like apple blossoms. Pin cherry bark is red and the leaves turn red in the fall.
Choke cherry berries are edible and red also, but are bitter in flavour. The pits and bark contain prussic acid so keep them away from your pet as they're poisonous. Don't worry the bears and birds don't eat the pits, they already know!!
There are apparently two types of wild strawberries, but the end result is they produce small berries, which are really good to eat. They are probably the least numerous with blueberries and pin cherries, the most numerous respectively.
Not in flower yet, although I thought I'd show you this wild raspberry patch about the size of a stake truck. I pick the edges, but I think the wildlife with fur and the ability to fly are the real harvesters. The thorns are really sharp.
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I think there are lots of names for these guys, all somewhat the same. They come in the most incredible colours.
Star flowers bloom, and are suddenly gone. They're the real forest dwellers along with Wild Lilly Of The Valley. Both like the moist, shady forest floor. The Lilly of the Valley is just starting to flower. The buds are showing below.
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I did know what the little purple guy is, but his name escapes me. He grows in the most inhospitable areas in the direct sun.
The wild violets are still growing. They're sun lovers so they're growing amongst the blueberry bushes. Quite a sight.
I showed these Rockets in an earlier post, but couldn't remember their names.
Ever so often I run across something which refuses to be identified. I'd say this was a crab apple bush which escaped, or was thrown in the forest, and has adapted quite well.
The lilac tree is a prime example of the same. But it's on an abandoned cabin clearing, so it's explainable.
Of course with all the blooming, the insects are thriving. Just ask about the mosquito's and black flies. But nature gives the good and bad. Just look at these Swallow Tails feeding on the abundant nectar left in these pin cherry blossoms.
A Post to My World Tuesday.