With spring transitioning into summer, our blackberry vines first produced clusters of white blossoms to create the anticipation of berry-picking. Visions of fresh blackberries sprinkled on vanilla ice cream is a yummy thought, so is fresh berry pie, or pancakes topped with berries and whipped cream, but my favorite way to enjoy our blackberries to eat them fresh picked from the vine warmed by the sun.
We inherited our patch of blackberries when we moved into our house. It was a big, old, run down house in need of a transformation. We didn’t know where to begin! We found a contractor and made lists. With the contractor’s guidance, we began a great adventure. It was November…Thanksgiving weekend when we moved into our fixer upper.
We had one working bathroom while the other two were being renovated. We needed to keep warm, so we had two wood burning stoves and a new heating and air system installed to survive. I was soon lost in paint samples, popcorn ceiling removal and floor samples.
Double paned windows were ordered, and installed, Christmas came and went, and renovations seemed to be all encompassing. It seemed the more we did, the more that needed to be done.
When spring came, we discovered a small miracle. We had blackberries…sweet, plump, delicious blackberries! It was like a wonderful gift that needed no renovation on our part. The crop was abundant. We now moderately care for it. It has good years and not so good years, and sometimes the birds battle for the bounty, but whatever we get, we remember that first wonderful year of discovery. Sharing it’s abundance with friends and family was an unexpected treat and every spring I’ll always remember that patch of green stuff on the other side of a short rather unattractive block wall down a north facing slope that turned into a beautiful gift after months of plowing through decisions, dust, clutter, and a house full of workers helping us turn an old tired structure into a home, while we developed the surrounding land into a nursery…first, Daylily Hill and now, Waterwise Botanicals Nursery and Gardens.