Hey, blossoms! Looks like I will get a few boysenberries this summer. Not a lot, because the four little starts I planted just a year ago are still establishing, but I am excited anyway.
By contrast, the four southern raspberries I planted the same spring have already turned into a thicket!
I have very fond memories of my grandpa's amazing boysenberry patch out in Oregon. That was over thirty years ago. Similarly, my mom had a raspberry patch and made raspberry shortcake for us every summer. I feel like I planted a bit of childhood!
I can't do the gardening as I used to do , so hired the kid next door to help me get things set up this year , especially after the horrible freeze we had this year . Clipped off things that had died , did a lot of weeding , put in Miracle Grow potting soil , in the areas that needed more soil , and even got a few plants in the ground . Got a long ways to go ,yet , but it's a good start !
My love of gardening was fostered by my grandparents as well. They had a vegetable garden every year and a good sized apple and pear orchard. Blackberries and elderberries grew wild as did with poke greens on their 24 acres in northern Ohio. My grandmother grew up on a farm in West Virginia from the age of 7. No roads bordered this farm in the 1950's when my parents married. They had to drive up a dry creekbed to get there. My grandmother hated it and left to go to high school. She left West Virginia as soon as she could get out and went to northern Ohio. She still retained her enjoyment of fresh produce right from the garden.