There has been a wash of blossom by the glasshouse for weeks. Full of bees this wonderful part of growing blackberries is often forgotten but is a welcome sight in a dull summer. This has been an excellent summer for soft fruit, we have welcomed the fruit coming out of the new fruit patch and have lamented the death of the raspberry canes by the rhubarb. Just seeing this sight in July was a promise of things to come and boy have the berries arrived.
The unusual looking plant beneath seems to be something that wouldn't be out of place in Lost in Space, somewhere a robot is flailing its arms and wailing, 'Danger, danger, Will Robinson'. This wonderful plant is Japanese Wineberry and though it is still a young plant and the harvests are small, it is a welcome addition to the berry fence by the glasshouse.
It is the Himalayan Giant blackberries that have now got their roots down into the soil that are the great success story. To say that these plants are thugs are to belittle thugs, these plants are akin to an invasion of many thugs bent on thuggery. The new leaders every year have exceeded ten feet, one this year made it across the entire width of the patch and that's over forty feet. They are rampant and somewhat sexy in their arcing purple leaders (that sounds worse than it reads, like a lewd party political statement).
Now these purple politicos are turning that lovely burnished black that are just plumping up to the tender squeeze of a finger and thumb. We have gone all Nigella now but frankly food is sexy but growing food is downright erotic. This is pornography on an allotment plot. It is every love-in of the sixties boiled down to one summer of wonderful growing as you stand astride it in your wellies.
If you have a boundary and we don't mean an erotic boundary but one with a fence. You simply can't get away from the innuendo. Then plant a berry, they are easy to grow, we do nothing to ours except prune at the end of the year, leaving that year's growth and top dressing with compost in spring and frankly just look at the size and quantity of our berries.
Innuendo over. Get planting.