I took a very enjoyable walk near Great Slave Lake and realised that it’s now autumn.
I can’t put my finger on what is different, but the sun is different, the air is different, the clouds are different and the tone is different.
Warm, windless and lovely, the day seemed to be taking one of its last deep breaths of summer before its sound and heavy rest; I felt as if it was holding off winter with one hand while gifting us with these few remaining hours of perfection.
These interesting-looking bushes can be found everywhere throughout the Okanagan Valley.
Known as Oregon Grape-Holly, or just Oregon Grape (mahonia aquafolium), they are not related to either grapes or holly.
Native to North America, they extend along the western coast from Mexico all the way to Alaska. They are a great fit for the Okanagan valley as they are very drought resistant and the leaves will remain green very late into the year.
Oregon Grape-Holly explodes in pretty yellow flowers very early in spring, and is a welcome harbinger.
The purple grape-like berries are edible and can be turned into jelly or wine and the holly-like leaves are often used in wreathes. Birds love the berries.
Greetings from the versatile Grape-Holly of the Okanagan Valley, and happy weekend. 🙂