Today started with a delivery of ‘Live Plants’ – to be precise my Boysenberry plant.
‘Large, tasty berries!’ (Yum, looking forward to a few homemade Boysenberry pies this Autumn).
The Boysenberry was developed during the Great Depression by Rudolf Boysen, a Swedish immigrant and horticulturist who lived in the Napa Valley region of California. His first plant to bear fruit was in 1923.
‘A cross between loganberries, raspberries and dewberries, boysenberries are incredibly hardy and even more resistant to disease and drought than blackberries. They’re vigorous-growing and will produce a heavy crop of fruit which boast all the flavour of a wild blackberry, but are several times the size!’ (Sutton Seeds)
Plot 5A was tugging at my sleeve after a weekend without a visit. I had quite a few jobs that really needed to be done asap. Planting was the first job on my list. Plant the Blackcurrant bush, Lemon Balm, Shallots, Garlic and Blueberry (late season) – I should a crop of blueberries throughout the summer! Protecting the Cocktail Kiwi with a pop up ‘greenhouse’ was the second. Followed by securing a willow obelisk ready for the Sweet Peas (The wind on Plot 5A can be vicious so it needed quite a few stakes to stop it from being blown over!) The final job was to tie up some gorgeous plastic bunting I found in the local garden centre. A mere ‘frill’, I know but it does look pretty!
(The blue netting you can see in the background belongs to the neighbouring allotment keeper. It houses a number of bee hives. I shouldn’t have any problems with pollination this year!)