On the Verge of Berries

This year it looks like we are going to have plenty of blackberries. A few weeks ago, the whole woods seemed graced by clouds of small white flowers on the blackberry bushes. Now the flowers have been replaced with hard, green baby berries. I wonder how long before they turn into tender, ripe blackberries?

 How to Pick Raspberries

I’m not sure what I like most about picking raspberries – the pretty scene of the red berries against the vibrant green leaves, the anticipation of eating the berries, or the opportunity to spend some time with Chris. Our raspberries turn a beautiful deep shade of dark red when they are ripe. In the early summer, they start out as hard, little brown buds that seem to me to look like dried up raspberries. With a little patience and a lot of rain and sun, the berries begin to turn white, then green, then pale pink, then orange-red, and finally dark red. The dark, yet vibrant, red berries are ready to pick.