“Signs of Autumn” on the Outdoor Challenge – well we are at least enjoying the signs that summer is drawing to a close. On the ride down our dirt road, returning from a trip out of town, Max commented on all the berries that were ripe – “It is berry season again, Mom.” He is hoping for blackberries – no such luck.
What we have is American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) – so glad to see it ripen even though the bushes don’t look so pretty with their wilted leaves. But the color is lovely and the birds are eating them up. These are edible but tasteless with a seed in each one that is almost the size of the berry. They are not juicy at all and inside are white and dry. When the kids take them in a bowl and mash them up, there is no messy juice, much to their disappointment.
They look lovely in this end-of-summer bouquet, and they keep well in water – not dropping off right away and making a mess. Also in the bouquet are the flowers of a Jerusalem artichoke that I must have planted but don’t remember doing it – I already regret it as they get so huge, but the flowers are nice and it stood up to the dry heat very well, and the old favorite, Naked Ladies. Some call them a spider lily, but I have something else that I call a spider lily and I like the name “Naked Lady.”