Saturday, June 27, 2009

Butterflies and Berries

Our first butterflies of the year emerged from their chrysalises today!

We still have two more chrysalises. One of the caterpillars made its in a somewhat precarious place!

We saw a few ripe raspberries today. The first ones of the year! Not enough to eat yet, but in a week or so we should be loaded. We were able to gorge on Juneberries and Mulberries by Wingra Creek today though.

Elderberries are blooming. The kids like the berries in the fall. We'll have to remember to look for them.

I see the above flower every year by Wingra Creek. I think it is planted, and not a wildflower. Any ideas what it is?


  1. The pink flower is spirea--we have it in our front yard too.

  2. If you don't mind sacrificing a few elderberries in the fall, one of my midsummer favorite desert type treats is elderflower fritters. They are so easy to make and the flavor is completely unique, like a perfume pancake. Simply harvest a few elderflower heads, dip them into a very light pancake like batter and fry them in a little light oil until the batter sits. Let cool slightly.

  3. Are the flowers edible raw? We will never get around to frying them, but the kids are always up for picking stuff and eating it right then.