Is it just my aging eyes or is most of the type on this page suddenly very small and a different font than usual? Something wonky happened with my Blogger template yesterday, I think.
Anyway, I've been exhausted most of the week and haven't done much of anything after work. The training for my new job has me all discombobulated - it's amazing how tiring sitting on your butt for 8 hours straight can be! Thank goodness the classroom part of the training only lasts 3 weeks - I'm feeling like a caged animal when I get off work, yet when I get home, all I want to do is go to sleep.
Enough whining - sorry! The shrub pictured is Black Huckleberry, very common in the Pine Barrens, and a favorite of mine. I love the color of the flowers. There are a number of similar shrubs that grow in the Barrens, all in the heath family, and I've been trying to find most of them this spring. Some of the earliest bloomers are leatherleaf, which has little white flowers and which I saw most everywhere, bearberry which I didn't find, but which has pretty white flowers edged with pink, and the highbush blueberry. In May and June the huckleberries bloom, as do staggerbush and fetterbush. All have the bell-shaped blooms that you associate with members of the heath family. Huckleberries produce edible fruit, but I've read that there are too many seeds for them to be enjoyable eating, yet I'm pretty sure I've heard mention of huckleberry jam and pie. Anyone know?
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