Saturday, April 19, 2008

Blueberry Hill

Well, I can't say that I found my thrill really but I was excited later to find out this is a wild blueberry bush. See, I had gone out for an explore one day after work and proceeded to climb up to the top of this rock bluff that runs across my drive. I was searching for wild azaleas, which I found plenty of, but also found this shrub. I had no idea what it was but it was covered in these little blossoms. I know the photo is crappy because the camera focused on the leaves behind my hand but I think you can pretty much tell what it looks like. I was going to post the photo and see if anyone could tell me what it was. I also found some really pretty little, red flowers growing up amongst the rocks that I was going to put up. When I got back to the house and got on the 'puter, I went to Rurality and lo and behold, there were my little, red flowers! Karen beat me to it except she already knew what they were! Dang it! Every time I think I have found something she posts about it first.....of course, she always knows what it is, so I do learn what I was wanting to know to begin with. LOL! Anyway, back to my story. Today I decided to check out this local nursery and see if they had any unusual plants for my place or at least something different than the same ol' stuff that Lowe's or Wal-Mart carries. Well, they did, some wonderful shrubs and they had this bush that looked just like what I had found on my rock bluff. The lady said they were blueberry bushes so I was real happy to know I have quite a few growing on 2 different hillsides. I don't actually like blueberries all that much but I do like to make muffins and I figure I can bake some things for the guys with them.
This is one of the wild azaleas that I went looking initially. They are very pretty and are usually pink although I have seen a few white ones. Unfortunately, most of them grow way up on the rocky hillsides, with the blueberry bushes, where you cannot see them easily. This one just happens to be right at the top of a curve in the drive. They get pretty large also, for an azalea.
This is part of my driveway with the rock ridge. I guess it has been awhile since I have shown much of my land so recent readers have probably never seen this. I am very blessed to have some beautiful land. There is a nice creek on the other side of the drive. You may just be able to make out that azalea bush right above where it looks as though the drive ends. The road makes a sharp turn back to the right there and you can then see the house.
This is some of the rock formation at the top of that ridge. The rocks are very large. I think it is very pretty. I always wanted land that had big stones and such and a creek on it.
This is one of the many, many dogwoods that are still blooming around here. They last for several weeks and look so nice scattered throughout the woods.
Working this land and building my house has been very hard at times but I am so grateful to be able to live here and in this manner. I told my mother that even if my house never got any more completed (other than lack of siding) I would be so happy and think I had the best place in the world. I was listening to a song today (you can tell music is important to me) and the guy singing was saying that the secret to life was to be thankful and I think that is true.

I used to think I didn't have a lot
Now I realize just how much I've got
Now every day I'm gonna take the time and stop
and be thankful, thankful.

*Fats Domino
The other song referred to is "Thankful" by Jonny Lang.


Rosebay said...

Your azalea is most likely Rhododendron canescens.

All azaleas are rhododendrons.

Here is a pictorial of rhododendrons native to North America.

Rhododendron Native to North America

Click next to go to the next image.
Click index to see the list of images.

Robbyn said...

How beautiful with all the stones and greenery coming up!

pablo said...

I suppose you should finish putting siding on your house, but don't forget that colored glass you promised me you would put in the big steel support beam! I'm counting on pix of that.

karl said...

people spend fortunes trying to create rocks capes half as beautiful as the ones in your photos.

edifice rex said...

Hey Rosebay! Thanks for the info and links; they were great!

Hey Robbyn! Thanks, yeah it's a nice drive.

Hey Pablo! Ha! I can't believe you remembered that!

Hey karl, thanks! The stones made it interesting when we put the driveway in but it was worth it.

Anonymous said...


I had Rurality identify the wild azalea for me you showed on your site. There are a few on my place and look just like honeysuckle.

Those wild blueberries you found brought back memories of my Mom warning me not to eat those, they're poison! Turns out my wife ate them all the time growing up in Mobile. Let me know if you suffer any ill effects so I can straighten my Momma out(or tell her she was right). I've never eaten any so use your best judgement.

Are you going to use manmade siding or lumber? I used pine I got from a local bandsaw mill, had to pay 70 cents/board foot. I've heard you can get it cheaper than that if you look around. It gives it that old look.

Gotta go, try to see you sometime in late May.


edifice rex said...

Hey Barry! Well, I'll keep you posted if I can get to the berries before the critters. I've never actually seen berries on any bushes around here so who knows?
I plan to use Hardy lap board for siding (cement board) but am having trouble finding suitable trim made by Hardy so I may end up using something else for the trim.

Floridacracker said...

Rurality is all knowing.

Your land is beautiful! Wow. I love that curvy drive.

edifice rex said...

Thanks FC! I like it a lot!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Could your blueberry bush be in fact huckleberry? Here our blueberries are all the lowbush varieties but we also have huckleberries which are higher with a woody stem.

High bush blueberries here are cultivated commercial varieties.

"blueberries have a large
number of tiny soft seeds, whereas the huckleberries have 10 rather
large, bony seeds."

Rurality said...

Hee hee! Now you know I have to look them up most of the time too. I didn't have to look up Fire Pink just because I looked it up a long time ago at our old house. :)

I was kind of thinking Huckleberry too on your bush - that's what my Mom calls the tall ones anyway. She said in north GA they used to always go and pick them on the 4th of July.

BTW I don't have any azaleas here - wish I did.

edifice rex said...

Hey Philip! Yes, they could be huckleberries. Lord knows, I don't know what most of this stuff is. I have heard several people down here say that the 2 berries are very similar, at least, as they grow in the wild.

Hey Karen! Ha! I know you have to look up some stuff but it is just funny how you will always post something I've been thinking about like the day before. everytime!
It probably is huckleberries. It doesn't matter to me as long as they taste good.
Oh, I have been finding new flowers and plants here by the droves lately! Out of nowhere. I'm going to put some up and you can tell me what they are. :)