Such a pitifully small amount of Huckleberries, but what do you want for a first harvest? LOL The plant that I have alternately nursed and tried to destroy isn’t a Stinging Nettle, but a Garden Huckleberry, and a volunteer plant at that. It is very similar in appearance to that dreaded Stinging Nettle, which I am direly allergic to.
Huckleberry bush shown on the left, its berries on the right. I wasn’t sure what the plant was when the berries began appearing. Previous to this, I had posted photos to the FaceBook group Tehachapi Gardeners, but no one knew what it was, but when I shared a photo of the plant with berries, I got a quick and very pleasing diagnosis. Elizabeth Burroughs commented: “Looks like garden Huckleberry. We grow it yearly. Berries are terrible tasting unless cooked. Makes fantastic syrup. Great feed for birds and poultry. Wait until berries turn dull and nearly black before harvesting. Hearty reseeder.”
Stinging Nettle as shown below is very close in appearance, especially when there’s only a few leaves present.
It’s growing amongst my two Concord Grape vines (which have already dropped their leaves and gone dormant for the winter). Perhaps a bird dropped the seed. Who knows? I think it’s a cool gift from Mother Nature!
I was up early this morning and watched the first train of the day as it sat in the shadows from the morning sunrise. I leave you with blessings, and a wish for safety, health and happiness. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.