The plentiful spring and summer rains were good for wild fruit here on our Ouachita ridge top. While the clusters on vines nearer the house were reduced to raisins by a stretch of 100-degree days, the ones in the woods survived just fine. The birds, raccoons and coyotes will eat well. At least one of the persimmons will wind up being plucked and its seed split for our annual winter forecast.
The possum grapes are preparing for another year’s crop. The flowers are out and ready to make baby grapes. Let’s hope the pollinators return with a week of dry weather.