Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 22 - Red Mulberry - Morus rubra

Red Mulberry Tree 

I stood under this tree on a hot day in June, and the beautiful tree gave me a shady place to get out of the heat.  There were berries in the tree, red and purple mulberries.   I tasted a mulberry; it was so sweet!   I know why people make mulberry wines, pies and jam.
Green leaves are toothed and heart shaped. Some of the leaves are lobed.
The leaves have a rough texture and are hairy underneath; the leaves have pointed tips.
The twigs have a milky sap when broken.
The berries ripen in June; they are red and purple oblong-shaped fruit. Birds and humans and probably any animal that reach or find these berries love them.
Be aware of the seasons. Taste the natural, fresh tastes of summer. Smell the flowers and herbs of summer. Feel the breeze of summer winds and the heat of the summer sun on your skin. Look and listen to all the birds and insects that are flying and singing day and night. After the sensory awareness, your heart will always feel light.
Quote: When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

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