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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 [...]

What to do with Concord grapes

– Posted in: Fruit, Recipes
slip-skin grapes

When we moved to this land, there were some grape vines already growing here. They were slipskin grapes, and if they weren't Concord grapes, they certainly were similar to Concords. That's not too surprising, since the hardiest grape species are slipskin. But you know what? Those kinds of grapes are too tart for me. They [...]