Continuing from my previous post, we are now a week further (3/15), the flower buds of the highbush blueberry are beginning to open. As the buds open, their bright pink color gives way to a pale pink color. The greenish-yellow pistil, which holds the embryo sacs and ovules, can also be noticed emerging from the apex of the opening flower.
Last Thursday (3/8) with temperatures hovering around the low 70’s here in the Washington, DC area, I noticed a bunch of highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) bushes beginning to awaken from their winter slumber. The highbush blueberry is a native of eastern North America, growing to about four feet tall. The one pictured is about two feet tall.
In this sample, the flowers buds are turning a bright pink, as they swell and absorb water. Their winter condition is more of a dull greenish-crimson color. As the weather warms and the availability of water increases, the buds should begin to open in the next few weeks.
Stay tuned to future postings as I chronicle the progression of the highbush blueberry from flower bud to fruit.
The image was captured with a Panasonic GF3, using a Leica 45mm F2.8 macro lens.