Echoes of the Garden

Noble Interest

Vaccinium spp


Vaccinium spp

by Manray, via Flickr

Blueberry (V. corymbosum or V. ashei)

By Ilena from Perth, Australia (Flickr: Bilberry) [CC BY-SA 2.0

Bilberry (V. myrtillus)

By Lee Coursey [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Blueberry (V. augustifolia)

I have never tasted a bilberry, although I have tried its cousin, V. augustifolium or the low bush blueberry a.k.a. the wild blueberry. I must confess to not liking blueberries. The rest of my family likes them though, so every year I make blueberry jam and brandied blueberries for them. Let's get started- I'm eager to find out what I don't know about our Noble Interest.

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About Me

About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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