~Coralberry, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus~
Last October I added this US native to my garden - it's called coralberry, I've also seen it called Indian currant. The leaves and berries are small, much smaller than beautyberry - but it's still quite pretty. I might move where I have mine - I think it would look better in another part of my yard (where I have some yellow anise, native azaleas, and camellias), and not in a perennial border. Yes, I'll definitely move it this fall.
It was another beautiful day along this part of the coastline - the kind of day that makes you want to just stand in the middle of the garden, arms spread out, feeling the breeze. It was a good day around the Microbial Lab too - reviews came back on a student's manuscript, and the edits were extremely minor. It's a manuscript that I'll be excited to have published - it's a solid contribution to what we know about nutrient cycling by coral-associated microbial communities. And minor edits are always a relief!
I also learned something very important today.
The new old dog, Annabelle Lee, has been eating my cherry and paste tomatoes. Right off the vines. I have one 'Big Mama' and one 'Sungold' in pots - and I just had a second flush of Sungold cherries on the vine. They were just starting to get ripe...and then they were gone. I was blaming just about every animal I could think of but my dogs. Damn those squirrels! And the racoons...OUT!! Yet this afternoon, there she was, carefully biting each tomato from a cluster right off the vine. Damn that Annabelle Lee! Not my tomatoes!!!!