|Mom's "Little Wine Cup" daylilies. They've bloomed non-stop all year. Not typical.|
Last year the elderberries never matured. The stems dried up just after the berries started to form. From 3 large bushes, I was able to gather only enough for about a quart of juice and a quart of tincture. This year they are making up for lost time. The bushes are so loaded with fruit that the branches are bending nearly to the ground, some snapping from the sheer weight of the berries.
On our soap deliveries yesterday, we happened upon a brewing shop. We've been wanting to pick up some air-locks and some champagne yeast. It's been several years since we've made wine or mead, and decided it's time to give it another go. We were surprised to see how many herbs they carried, including 1/2 pounds of dried elderberries at just over $8. Maryanne suggested that I mention that here, since last year they were so hard to find in the usual places.
The fig tree that was moved in the spring did revolt slightly, bearing only a few fruits early on, but the second round for the season is heavy.
The jewelweed that sprouted between the porch and the house last year has now happily taken over that space, as well as spreading to the other side and poking out along the steps leading to the porch.
On our rounds yesterday, there were Amish farmers and their families out in fields harvesting the leaf tobacco that will hang in the special slotted barns to dry. The walls of corn that lead to my house will soon start to disappear (just as they were really starting to creep me out!), as I can hear the tractors working long into the night. Although it is only late August, there's a real autumnal feel to the air and the light. My friends are all getting busy with canning, freezing, saucing, and dehydrating, and the peach stand down the road is now making room for apples beside the peaches. This has been a very busy summer. It's gone by in a blink.