Wild Blackcaps and Wildflowers
It is a hot one out there today. Bordering 90 degrees with a thick and humid barrier that makes you sweat the moment you open the door. The perfect day to go and forage for wild blackcaps and wildflowers on my path that is partially shaded by tall hardwoods.
It really doesn’t matter if it is spring, summer or fall. There is always something to see on this piece of property I have permission to walk. The property has a wildflower field, woods, and a stream.
Wasn’t long before I spotted this metallic green, sweat bee on a black-eyed Susan flower. Comical, I am sweating my butt off and I find a sweat bee. I absolutely love the amount of pollen he is covered in.
Had a visit from a beautiful red admiral butterfly. It amazes me in a half an hour time what one can see when they are truly looking at their environment. How much we miss because we are always busy and in a rush to get to the next place.
Having trouble with vampires? I know where we can find vervain. The magic of vervain is said to be the strongest when it is gathered after sunset or before dawn on the dark of the moon. Just be sure to leave a gift of honey after gathering.
A new wildflower I found today called Cow Vetch. It is an invasive climbing vine and has purple, spike-like flowers on one half of the stem. It is pretty but can choke out any additional plants
Cow Vetch – Wisconsin wildflower known by the names: Vicia cracca, tufted vetch, cow vetch, bird vetch, blue vetch, boreal vetch.
I found them, I found them. I found my wild blackcap brambles.
Wild Blackcaps – Other names occasionally used include wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, thimbleberry, and scotch cap. Rubus occidentalis is a deciduous shrub growing to 2–3 m (7–10 feet) tall, with prickly shoots.
When I was a child my great-grandparents had loads of blackcap bramble on their property. My grandfather transplanted much of it from parts of his land, into one patch. The plants are native to the Wisconsin woodland / creek areas.
I remember telling people as a child about blackcaps. They didn’t believe me. They would say blackberries or red raspberries. I will allow them to be called black raspberries. Believe me, they taste 100% different than blackberries or red raspberries. My favorite berry and such a tasty treat.
Have you ever had the pleasure of tasting blackcaps?
I call today a success! I found both items I set out to find, wild blackcaps and wildflowers.