Yesterday I drove south on I-5 to Woodburn to pick blackberries with a friend of mine at another friend’s house. This has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts and is something we look forward to because good clean berries are becoming so hard to find in the city.
|A beautiful blackberry bloom.|
If I can convince one of the foster kids to go back with me, I will return in a few weeks. There are plenty of berries left.
When I returned home my husband remarked that the berries looks so clean and perfect. I had to agree.
In the beginning, the bloom had resembled the one below, but now, after the explosion, it has morphed into something even more beautiful.
When I took to the shade, I found this Douglas Spirea in bloom. It is a native shrub and one that many don’t like because it is a prolific re-seeder. I think it is really pretty and they should make a candy that looks like it—or a beehive hairdo!
As we left, we stopped to admire this view of Mount Hood over a field of garlic or onions that appears to have been grown for the seed or dried flower market.
Driving home in rush hour traffic was so much more pleasant with the scent of freshly picked blackberries in the car. If you’re feeling stressed, I highly recommend a drive to the country to pick fresh berries.