I've mentioned over the years how fond I am of our serviceberry tree..Caroline and Frédérick gave it to me for Mother's day..the May before Lucas was born..which was in Sept about 8 yrs ago..
It's grown so much..Like Lucas~
It is a wonderful idea to commemorate the birth of a child with a tree.
This one is stunning as you drive up in Spring..then at this time of year..
The tree is laden with small red fruits.. they are almost 90% red only a few days after I shot these pics.. a nd they are not unlike the look of a blueberry..the birds adore these berries..
I set out to gather some and beat them to it..~ Beat them to eating them all before we do..
The only thing I feel awkward about..are the walkers by..that look..and I feel I must explain~
Or my neighbor..who wondered what I was doing..?
These fruits are not well known..so it engages longer than I wish conversations..when in my flip flops w/ socks..because everything is so wet.. and damp and chilly too in bare feet..
It is a look my daughter said yesterday.. and I quote...."the only thing better mom.. would be to go put your crocks on~with the socks.."
Love my daughters..they are my fashion diva advisors:)
One darling newish neighbor.. is just about one of the most beautiful women..on earth..with a smile from ear to ear..with great hair..teeth..laugh..etc..2 little kidlets and a friend now of both my daughters..
Anyways she drove by too rolleddown her window..and said .."you know whenever you pick those berries it rains:)"
As it started to pour yet again the last time I picked and she walked by soaking wet ..w/ the face of an angel and wet hair:)
Onto..making some Serviceberry Jam~ I really really like Weck Jars~
I was grateful to find an easy recipe..
I wanted to make sure we would like it before making the full batch..so I made 1/5th..one jar..
The aroma lingers:) Better than Wallflowers:)
Oh it just smells divine..
I will be making more..That is if I beat the birds to the rest..we've already picked quite a bit more..added to muffins..and topped lemon curd tartlets with them..
I was very grateful to land upon this blog for the recipe~
Serviceberry and Lemon Balm jam~
5 cups serviceberries
21/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lemon balm chopped..
Mix first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil~
Simmer until reduced by half..
ap 25 minutes..at this point jam should be set..remove from stove add chopped lemon balm.
Pour into sterilized containers..
And give them a nice water bath~
And don't foget the lemon balm~
One of our daughters..now 36..playing Red Riding Hood when she was about 4-5
and her son Oli.. who will be 4 soon..bottom left playing dress up..blowing bubbles.. on a visit in our gardens..so similar!
I am sure the little boy in the RRH photo.. would be quite surprised to see I kept his photo:)
He must be 39 ish now~ same age as me~...+20.
The birds and I have come to an agreement..I let them pick and they let me replenish my reservoir as I chose..
Again more jam in the making..
Had it not rained (poured..cats and dogs .. )the day Noah came..I would have had him pick them all..even if I only reaped half his harvest:) I know how he picks blueberries~:)
My posts are off kilter time wise because I was concerned about Google stopping a function..
Don't want to miss any of you~
Happy Canada Day weekend here..and happy July 4th in the USA..and Noah's Bday here~also on July 4th~x
N.B. Serviceberry= Amélanchier~