Today was a wonderful day. A rainy period was replaced with light winds and sunshine. We went out to the forest to look for shed antlers or morels. We found neither but along the way we found a spot filled with beaked hazel bushes and a meadow filled with Saskatoon bushes. I’ve found Heaven on Earth!
The beaked hazels were in a spot with widely spaced poplars so they should get plenty of sunlight and be productive. Unfortunately I didn’t see any catkins.
The Saskatoons were in a meadow about 30m wide devoid of trees so they will get full sun. There were no fruits evident so the flowers must have been knocked off by a killing frost we had a few weeks back.
I look forward to returning to these spots next year to check out the harvest.
On the negative side, after a few minutes wandering through the Saskatoons I found myself covered in wood ticks. I pulled off two dozen in a few minutes. When I sat in the car the first thing I noticed was several transferred to the interior and then I found myself crawling with the vicious parasites. I pity the poor deer which wander these forests accumulating ticks.