05 July 2008

Ode to the Blueberry

When we first bought our house I was so excited to find out that we had blueberry bushes in our backyard. Then came the Late Great Freeze of 2007 and it nearly killed our bushes. We only got a handful of blueberries, so I basically just let the kiddos pick them and eat them right there. This year, however, I have been fervently watching over the bushes ever since the first buds appeared. And I've threatened my family if they pick them without putting them directly in a bucket and bring them in to me. I've been dreaming of blueberry pies, blueberry waffles, blueberry muffins, blueberries in my salads....It's been such an interesting process to watch that I've been taking pictures of the different stages of these delightful little berries:

First the bushes have these tiny clusters of white blooms. We enjoyed watching the bees passionately pollinate like crazy for weeks:

Then the little blooms begin to get rounder and actually close up toward the tips:
They just close up completely and become the berry. They're pale green and pink at first:
It seems like it takes forever for them to ripen:

But finally they do!! Last week we all got busy picking them, because they were ripening so fast:

I was so proud of our first bowlful. Aren't they beautiful?!:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your blueberry pie with us tonight! Sarah

Angela said...

That is so cool! I love blueberries. I may just have to plant some bushes of my own. We couldn't do it at our last house, but here we've got a variety of sun/shade combinations.

Nancy said...

YUM!!! They look so delicious! Blueberries are one of my favorite berries! And to think, I have to go to the grocery store or farmer's market to get some! I'm so jealous!

Mrs. Trixi said...

We too, love blueberries. I have never tried blueberry pie but will be trying this recipe.