Friday, April 30, 2010

Juneberries Blooming

Rain started in GriggsDakota just as blooming began in the Shelter belt.
This is a row of Juneberries planted by USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service in 1999 which contains more than one variety. 
The shorter Juneberry bushes are just beginning to bloom in earnest yet. Click to find the answers to many questions on these delicious berries that are referred to as Saskatoons in other parts of the world including Canada. 
After years of believing that the taller trees in this row were another juneberry variety, I have been told by an expert that they are apricot trees. There has never been an apricot on them, but they blossom beautifully.
 Picking and freezing juneberries takes place around the Fourth of July in GriggsDakota. 
Birds, deer, and the weather work against us as we coax the blooms into fruit suitable for pies, jelly, and other goodies. We need the rain, so for now we will enjoy the blossoms as they arrive and wait.

1 comment:

  1. We just put in two juneberry plants last year since they don't grow wild here like they did at home in ND. I would have done it sooner if I'd known they had the second name of Saskatoons and were commercially available!