All the fruits got a late start this year, due to the freezing spring. Here’s a Juneberry bush (wipážukȟa hú) that I photographed today, June 19. Still awhile off from being ripe.
When I see how far off the richly descriptive English and Lakota plant names are from the seasons they connect to, the reality of climate change becomes obvious. I have previously written about how the chokecherry ripening cycle is over a month off from the month that is named at the time that they ripen.
I’m not sure how the crazy weather will impact the harvest, but this is one of my favorites, so I hope we’ll have a good one this year!