Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond (birdhousefrog) wrote,
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond

A Late Spring

The latter part of the spring has been cooler than normal and wetter than normal. It was so dry in the late winter/early spring that I had to look up the climate statistics to convince The Dude that we were above normal for rain in April and May. He was worried about drought. And every time it seemed to be about to get hot, it would get cold again. I think a lot of farmers are frustrated.

The upshot of this weather is that I've been ignoring the blueberries. They needed to bloom, to be cross-pollinated by the bees. Mostly I crossed my fingers. I checked once and we seemed to have some berry development shortly after the blooming. The Dude thinks not as much as other years. I have a better feel for that when I'm actually picking and seeing how many pints or quarts I'm getting each day. And that's still in the future.

Maralton told me yesterday that bush #1 was ripening and had some very ripe berries already. I checked this morning and yes, about 20% seems to be ripe. Good old bush #1. Because of the rain, the berries are particularly large this year, very sweet. So I picked a handful for my yogurt. She's right that some of them are very ripe and should be picked. That might mean a batch of blueberry muffins in the next day or so.

Frog Out
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