Google reminded me the other day that this photo was taken a year ago.
First I went, “Aw. The cuteness!” And then I went, “Grapes? Really?”
I’ve been kind of casually watching our grapes, but not paying really close attention. I mostly felt that it would be awhile until they ripened.
But thanks to Google and another reminder from Instgram, I decided I should maybe go take a closer look.
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When it happens.. it happens FAST… The dictionary says this about Veraison .. “In viticulture (grape-growing), veraison is the onset of ripening. The term is originally French (véraison / veʀɛzɔ̃), but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of veraison is "change of color of the grape berries". Veraison represents the transition from berry growth to berry ripening, and many changes in berry development occur at veraison” If you ask me it means #HarvestIsComing #TheMostWonderfulTimeOfTheYear
When I did, I realized that even if I haven’t been paying attention, the birds have. Many of our grapes have been gobbled.
The blue Sovereign Coronations are gone. I found one and ate it myself. (Don’t tell Ellie.)
The Somersets are still in the process of turning red, but it looks like as soon as one does, that grape is gobbled. I’m going to keep a closer eye, but I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to grab.
Japanese beetles are still doing a number on the leaves, though they’re wilier and fly away before I can flick them into my bucket of death.
I know netting grapes may be an option, but that’s not something I’m prepared to do this year.
This year’s garden philosophy is see how it goes. In this instance, they’re almost gone.
But, the beauty of gardening is it comes back again next year and we get to try again.
How is your garden growing? Are you feeding any wildlife? Has harvest snuck up on any one else?