Saturday, September 1, 2012
20 Minutes and a Field Guide
I did get into a bit of a quandary though when I tried to identify the two types of wild blackberries we have growing on our property. I believe the one below on the right is the native Californian blackberry, and the one on the left is cutleaf evergreen blackberry, an invasive species from Europe. I took a little walk this evening (see, trying!) and I was able to sample both types of berries. I think I like the cutleaf ones better - the flavor is a little more complex and interesting, even if they are tarter and smaller. And do you see the spider on the gaillardia flower above? Thanks to Google, I think that's a flower spider (another creative name!), also known as a crab spider or banana spider. They camouflage with the flower to lie in wait for pollinators. Given how many bees visit those flowers, I think they have found excellent hunting grounds!