Sunday, 16 August 2009

Season Of Mellow Fruitfulness?.........

.... OK, so perhaps it's a bit early for all that. But the blackberry that has been trespassing over the wall from next door's garden is clearly keen to get on with it.

I have been assiduously hacking it back for two years, on the assumption that it was a common (or garden) bramble. Not until I looked up from the sun lounger today, mid-chapter, and spotted a clutch of huge berries half way up a large bush, where I had missed it, did I realise that it's probably some kind of cultivar. The berries are much larger than I recall from the hedgerows of yesteryear, and exceptionally sweet.

Rather wish I had not been so eager with the secateurs now.


Tor Hershman said...


Petunia's Gardener said...

I'm sure it was your special pruning touch that produced the harvest! Aren't surprises extra sweet?

The Allotment Blogger said...

Wow, they look fantastic - and it's true that if you've been pruning it back, it may have become stressed enough to produce fruit again, after years of not doing much - so you've done everybody a favour!

Julian said...

If you can post a good picture of one (ideally with a scale and a picture of leaves and the thorns (or lack of them) I can probably tell you which cultivar it is (although we are better known for hedging, we grow a fair number of blackberry varieties commercially)

Love the blog by the way and you have some outstanding photos - what do you use?


Greenmantle said...

Julian ... Sorry for the delay in replying.

I'm afraid I took the pictures a couple of months ago, so the fruit and most of the leaves have all gone now. But thanks anyway.

And thanks for the photographic compliment. I use a Nikon D200 mostly, with Nikon and Sigma lenses. The occasional shot is from a Leica D-Lux3 compact, as it's much easier to carry around.