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June berries are ripe

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Posted: 6/6/2014 12:59 PM

June berries are ripe 


Our June berry bushes are hanging full of ripened berries.  I planted them many years ago for the birds as I read they were excellent for wildlife habitat and drawing in song birds.  The cardinals camp in the bushes as soon as the berries get big and start to turn colors...mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, robins, blue jays and many more love the fruits.

Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 1:02 PM

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June berries are fine for people food, as well.  Much like blueberries in uses and I think some refer to them as service berries:

Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/26/2014 11:43 AM

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I picked enough off our tree this year for about 3 pies. They are super good and it still left plenty for the birds to devour. biggrin
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Posted: 6/26/2014 12:10 PM

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Good for you...they taste so great!  We had more berries this year than we've ever had due to last year's way beyond belief rainfall quantities...the leaves are so pretty in the early morning heavy dew...little water beadlets are so lovely as the sun rises.  Ours are almost all gone, just a few dried up ones remain.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 8:56 AM

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I just found this berry tree and wasn't sure what it is-lots of clusters of green berries, but as I didn't plant it, and it's growing now along the road, I wasn't sure what it is-but your picture of the leaves with the berries (though mine are still green) is identical to the picture I took to see if I could identify it. Thanks!!!
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Posted: 6/29/2014 11:00 AM

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Glad the pictures helped you!
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 3:03 AM

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Can't wait to see how they taste. I have been a life member for years, but don't often take the time to get online to this site. So thanks again for the pictures. I have to assume that someone has a tree around here or some lovely bird dropped the seed for this...??
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Posted: 7/13/2014 7:58 AM

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I am always looking for bushes that have berries for the birds. I tried Firethorn once. It grew quickly and was always full of berries, but the birds never ate them.
Your picture looks like it is a Serviceberry. What the heck do they taste like.?
And has ANYONE ever had a Gogi Berry bush????????. I heard they taste great.
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT

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Posted: 7/13/2014 8:55 AM

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The June Berry is also know as serviceberry, =)!  They are a little sweeter than a blueberry but a similar taste...as close as I can tell you.  I read and read and read some more way back in the 80s as to what to plant for our 3 acre yard and surrounding farm land and 14 acre woods for the birds and wildlife.  When we bought the land, it was an old pasture field and woods.  We signed it up for a little state program, Illinois Acres for Wildlife, and we have a sign from the state with husband's name on it posted at the roadside...cute sign with rabbits and such on it and the name of the program.

Husband taught school for 40 years and ran his carpentry, painting, and chimney service business year round so I was on my own in all the planting and planning.  I grew up on a 160 acre 'no boy' dairy farm so work was all I knew how to do.  I got catalogs from places that had bird and wildlife habitat plants for sale, tons of them, and read and planned and ordered and planted.  Not being rich folks, I bought small sizes of trees, shrubs, bushes, vines and such...some I ordered a dozen of, and if they were extra small, I heeled them in at the end of a small nursery raised bed thing I got from Mantis until a couple of years later when they were more likely to survive being planted in a permanent spot.

I got two batches of the '10 Trees for $ 10.00' from the National Arbor Day Foundation and there were mostly crabapples so we have 11 or 12 of those.  I ordered lots of things from Musser Forest and loved their viburnums!  I have 11 of the 12 I planted and they are just gorgeous now with vibrant red berries.  The birds adore the berries and feast on them thru the cold weather...they are about my favorite planting for the birds besides the June berries and highbush blueberries.  Everything I plant has to provide food or habitat for all of our yard birds and critters.  We are going into our 19th year as Project Feeder Watch participants with Cornell University and at winter's worst we have way over 600 birds on our counts each count period.

If you'd plant viburnums, you'd be amazed at the bird traffic.  I posted a recent pic of the ripe viburnum berries on my Summer beauties thread.  They are just glowing now with color.  Crabapples provide so much wonderful food well into the winter and our trees are just hanging down with fruits this year.  

I planted many shrubs like Goldmound and Goldflame spireas and pieris japonica that birds nest in and hummers adore the blooms for nectar.

Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 6:31 AM

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You sure spent some time out there getting your place planted. Great having all that land. I loved your viburnum pictures. I don't have as much property to plant, so I have to be careful. Sometimes after 5 years or so, I have to separate shrubs or remove a bush. I love my spireas, I have 3 types of those.
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT
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