Saturday, October 4, 2008

End of exuberance.

In early June I wrote of one of my favourite shrubs, Big Blue, an exuberant, towering, handsome (and BC native) blue elderberry. Each growing season Big Blue sprouts new buds from cruelly-pruned woody stems and shoots upward, producing sprays of tiny white flowers that give birth to powder-blue berries. It reaches 12 feet or more, into a sky whose colour shares its name.

But now sky is grey, and leaves are yellowing.

Most of the berries are gone, consumed by House Finches and Black-capped Chickadees -- which is fine, the point of planting Big Blue in the first place.

"So long, and thanks for all the berries."

Today ol' Blue looks spent, a male mantis, duty done. Time again to prune.

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