Wild black raspberries

Wild Black Raspberries, Turk’s Cap Lilies, & Blue Crawdad

A busy life and a lotta heat up here in the mountains, but still a few gifts have found their way to me.

I’m about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and every year our native Turk’s Cap lilies (Lilium superbum) make me into a shrimpy little thing.

Turks Cap Lilies taller than me
Turks Cap Lilies taller than me

They are blooming in the ditches, on the mountainsides, and everywhere here right now. This one is growing right behind one of our woodpiles, and it’s lucky to have made it, because the deer get so many of them before they make it up this tall.

These are “true” lilies (unlike our day lilies, Hemerocallis fulva), and are sometimes also called swamp lilies for their love of wet, muddy places.

Lance picked this handful of wild black raspberries from the tangle of weeds and canes right beside our house. You can tell they are black raspberries rather than blackberries because they have a empty hole or cup inside them, just like red raspberries do.

Wild black raspberries
Wild black raspberries

Finally, we had a visit from one of the blue crawdads that live in our seep. We look forward to seeing them every year. They tend to be nocturnal, but they are also out and about (and easy to find) when it’s overcast and rainy.

Isn’t she pretty?

Blue Crawdad
Blue Crawdad

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