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Archive for September, 2011

How are you enjoying your blueberries?

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 16, 2011

Here’s what we do on the farm: Blend frozen blueberries with a fruit juice that contains raspberry juice. Add carbonated spring water that has a little lemon lime flavour. Vary the proportions to suit your taste.


I heed the advice about mixing blueberries with milk:

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Aralia elata

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 15, 2011

This very late-blooming plant has exquisite flowers that are a hit with the honeybees.

Aralia elata

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Last of the Japanese knotweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 15, 2011

Honeybees have been foraging on the Japanese knotweed for the last four weeks. Now a few blossoms remain.

Japanese knotweed

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The Cosmos come-on

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 14, 2011

Here’s the plan: Use a plant like Cosmos to draw bumblebees to our farm. (Cosmos keeps opening new buds from late summer through fall.) The bumblebees overwinter on our farm and next spring we have a good supply of pollinators. (Honeybees enjoy Cosmos as well. I like the colour of this honeybee.)

Honeybee on Cosmos

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Verbena bonariensis

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 12, 2011

The numerous Verbena bonariensis plants we have this year self seeded from one plant last year. The ability to self seed so readily could get this plant labelled as an “invasive species”. It rises to a height well above most weeds. Unlike Sedum it attracts a wide range of pollinating insects.

Verbena bonariensis

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Honeybees love Sedum

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 12, 2011

Bees on Sedum

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