However, when the autumn harvest is completed, there's no limit to where I can wander except for common sense and safety. When a trail camera picked up a black bear investigating where I had just passed, that was a definite sign for me to avoid that particular path. After that near miss, along with the several occasions I became temporarily disoriented (lost), I decided it was in my best interest to keep to the cleared swaths surrounding the fields. No problem. Those paths proved perfect for investigating the bordering woodlands without any bears, briars, or brambles attacking me.
A few months ago, as the weather began to warm, I envisioned spring bringing forth lots of vibrant blossoms and buzzing, flittering insects to greet me on my morning walk. Didn’t happen.
Yes, the understory underwent a bright and beautiful re-greening, but no big splashes of color painted the vegetation except for some yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) and twisted vines of briars sporting white blossoms. I refused to give up hope though.
Then, as I noticed some promising buds peering out from the greenery, my quiet time with Mother Nature came to an end.
Today, I noticed blueberries! My "Picture This" app identified them as Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). I plan on taking a cutting to propagate my own. Blueberries are a breakfast staple for me. Along with a banana, they make my morning oatmeal eatable. Don't worry. Even though I'll be tempted, I'll leave the fruit on this plant for the wildlife to enjoy.
Discovering, learning, and trying new things is so much fun. It’s wonderful! I can't tell you what joy I feel from these simple little blessings. I hope my enthusiasm spreads to all of you. Everyone needs to include native plants and bugs into their lives. Whether you have a yard, patio, or window box, it doesn't matter – plant something and watch the appreciative bugs take advantage of your kindness. It'll make you smile.