Saturday, December 7
One of the bonuses of not having to do as much weeding has been that we can turn our attention to areas of the plot that have been rather neglected. I've already mentioned one renovation project which involved tackling a rampant bramble.
As this project didn't take as long as we had anticipated we turned our attention to another couple of areas. One such area is one of our 'fruit' beds. We have two beds housing blackcurrant bushes. One is tidy and productive.
The other is neither.
The productive bed is shown above outlined in white and the area set for a makeover is in the foreground. The bottom photo was taken when the lavender hedge was in flower which is about as good as it gets!
Knowing that we intended to replant this bed we haven't really bothered with it this year which means that it has ended up like this.
The lavender will be sorted out and kept but all the blackcurrants and whitecurrants will be dug out and discarded.
We wanted to plant this bed with fruit but something that we hadn't tried before and in the end came up with honeyberries. As its name suggests this is a type of honeysuckle. It originates from Siberia so should survive life in Yorkshire. The fruits are supposed to taste something like blueberries but the plants are supposed to be more easy going and don't need the acid conditions demanded by blueberries. It is recommended that more than one bush is grown to aid pollination so we have bought four bushes which over time could grow to six feet. The plants arrived this week form Victoriana Garden Nurseries. We have had a few other fruit plants from here and been pleased with them.
The plants arrived already potted up and so will be kept in our cold garden greenhouse where they will benefit from a bit of shelter before we are ready to plant them in their new home.
Then we will eagerly await our first tasting - anyone tasted a honeyberry? If so what did you think - here's hoping you don't say they are horrible!
Posted by Sue Garrett at 12:56 pm