The Pin Cherries have already bloomed. They were late this year. When the Pin Cherries are in bloom I always smile and think about an old neighbor Naomi. The Power Crews were coming along to clear out the brush and trees underneath the power lines, Naomi tied all kinds of ribbons on her Pin Cherry and then proceeded to tell them that they better leave it alone…and they did.
The Chokecherries are blooming now along with the Lilacs.
Our driveway has a number of Chokecherry bushes. Some people make jelly if it is a really good year…others like us just leave the berries for the birds.
Prunus virginiana or Chokecherry
A long time ago…I used to make juice and can it and then make jelly in the winter when I had more time.
The blooms are highly fragrant. If you wait for the berries and pop one in your mouth you will understand why they are called Chokecherries. They are bitter and require a fair amount of sugar to be palatable.