Chilly, Windy, Low 40's
A short walk in the woods revealed signs of spring despite the chilly temps and harsh winds. We've had tons of rain saturating the ground.
The salmonberries are blooming despite lots of rain and chilly nights. They're a bright spot among the still dull forest.
The evergreen huckleberry starts to bloom in early spring taking its time to fruit. The fruit matures sporadically and can stay on the bush as late as December. These are my favorite wild berry, but they're so hard to harvest.
The red huckleberry is just starting to leaf out. It's delecate and fairy like, soon to have tiny flowers and bright red berries
It's time to harvest or weed the wild cress. The prolific tiny white flowers soon will turn to seeds that spray several feet in all directions at the slightest touch. Any open ground will soon be covered with the tiny plants. It is tasty, adding a mustardy or horseradish type flavor to salads. Wild cress is a treat for the chickens and rabbits - I'll put as much as I can pull in their pens. The chickens like the dirt clumps attached so they can look for a worm or two.