Red Elderberry: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive, The Secret Garden

I've lived here over five years now, but just when I think I've seen all the plants that grow wild here, another one catches my attention and arouses my curiosity. Several people suggested it was baneberry, and baneberry does bloom around the same time, with a similarly shaped flower. Only one problem: Baneberry is herbaceous, and the flowers were blooming on a woody plant. Hmm, what could it be?

Good Berry, Bad Berry: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

My family picks wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. We pick what we know and leave everything else alone. I've always suspected there were more edible berries out there than we know about, so when I was asked to review Good Berry Bad Berry: Who's Edible, Who's Toxic, and How to Tell the Difference [...]

Elderberry: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive, Recipes

The American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a native shrub that grows in the ditches and hedgerows here. As you can see it has attractive white flowers. The flowers attract all sorts of pollinators, but I don't know any of their names. I tried to find a list but couldn't. (If you know of a website [...]