BLUEBERRY “NELLIE KELLY’ Sunshine Blue (Vaccinyum x corymbusm x ashei x darrowi)

If you learn to enjoy waiting, you don’t have to wait to enjoy.

Kazuaki Tanahashi

I’ve been watching the flowers on my Blueberry bush most days recently as I can’t wait for the flowers to all turn from pink to white.

I was going to go out and wash the windows before these photos, but the sky has gone quite gloomy and overcast and the light dropped a few notches (as though its going to rain), so no point.

“The Nellie Kelly Blueberry (Sunshine Blue) is a delightful, evergreen bush that grows to 1 metre, producing pink flowers during the winter and delectable fruit in late spring and summer. The bush is frost tolerant and needs to be planted in areas where overnight temperatures drop below 5C degrees during winter as this helps to promote the flowers.

Nellie Kelly Blueberries are suitable for either garden beds or large pots where they will get part sun. They will last 10 to 15 years and produce up to 4 kilograms of fruit a season. Blueberries prefer a soil pH of 4.5 to 6, so a well-drained, premium grade, acidic azalea potting mix is ideal. Keep the bush moist and feed with a slow release, acidifying fertiliser during winter and late summer. Prune the bush vigorously after fruiting, removing up to a third of the bush”.

I’ve got Osmocote Azalea fertiliser – wonder if that’ll help?

NOTE: You’ll have noticed I changed the name of my blog to Room With a View – seemed like a logical step since all I do at the moment is look out the window every day.

My excuse is that I was in hospital last week and I’m supposed to be ‘taking it easy’.

What’s your excuse for staring out the window all day?  Boring job? The Weather? Stunning view of the countryside or mountains? Procrastinating about the window cleaning chore?

Or is it purely and simply because you also have……….a Room With a View?


Captured this Sparrow sneaking a look through the dirty window just now.  Wonder what she’s thinking?

7 thoughts on “BLUEBERRY “NELLIE KELLY’ Sunshine Blue (Vaccinyum x corymbusm x ashei x darrowi)

    1. Bunnings Hardware/Plant Nursery very highly promote this variety, Peggy. Mr Google will take you direct to the site from where I took the info. With it needing a chilly Winter to promote flowers, it will be perfect for Canberra 🙂

      I did read it took 2 years to crop (or something like that) when I bought the seedling, but I got 20+ blueberries off a tiny 6-7″ seedling the first Spring, but last year only about a dozen. My younger brother wondered if the birds might have eaten them the second year, hence me buying some white cotton netting from Bunnings in preparation for this year.

      (of course you know I’ll keep you posted with the results……as always).

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    1. I agree, Terry.

      I hope every single one of the myriad of flowers turns into a blueberry. There are so many flowers on the bush, that will save me buying blueberries each week for quite a while. In-season the price is ok and at the moment, (out of season), the price is still ok, so the stores and supermarkets must be getting them from a very cheap source this winter.
      But often, a punnet can be double the price, which I can’t afford.

      I love berries of any kind, but blueberries (and raspberries) are my favourite(s). Strawberries are very cheap to buy at the moment, but they have the highest amount of pesticide of any fruit or vegetable and while I wash them thoroughly, I’m always concerned at the amount of chemicals that may have leached inside the strawberries..

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