Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Serviceberry and other spring wonders

In our side yard, we have this serviceberry tree (Amelanchier grandiflora).

It's so lovely -- covered now with little white flowers along the gray stems.

The berries will follow -- looking like tiny blueberries. If the robins didn't eat them all first, I could make serviceberry jam:

Serviceberry Jam
10 cups ripe serviceberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar per cup of pulp
6 oz liquid pectin

Wash and stem the berries. Place into a saucepan and crush. Add the water and cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Measure how much pulp you have to determine the amount of sugar you'll need. Add sugar and return to pan. Place over low heat and cook for a few minutes more or until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and add pectin, then hold boil for 1 full minute. Remove from heat, skim foam, and pour into hot, sterile jelly jars and seal.

from Klehm Plants newsletter

Checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

Birch catkins in the rain

Blue and white scilla . . .

snuggled against the birch's roots.

And some spring thrifted treasures -- little bone china cups, sans saucers, become storage for little white buttons.

I'm inspired!


Sugarplum Cottage said...

Oh Katie, I adore your garden. I have never heard of service berries, but the jam sounds yummy.
Wonderful blog.

Hugs, RoseMarie

madrekarin said...

Katie! Your photos are just beautiful!! I've not heard of serviceberry trees, but they are lovely. And the fact that you can make jam from them makes them even better. :)
Thanks for the sweet comment on The Omelet Hotel. I found Pearl roosting right up in the rafters last night. Evil chicken. I had to climb a ladder to get her down- from the outside no less. It's the only place not finished yet, and wouldn't you know that would be where she chose to spend the night.
Guess what I am doing today? I love being a farmgirl. :)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

I LOVE this picture Katie!!! I am inspired to! Hugs, Maryjane

CathyJean said...

Beautiful pictures!! I have never heard of service berry before. It is sooo pretty!

Felicia said...

Beautiful blooms :)

Malphi said...

Beautiful combo!