rain falling softly
droplets on leaves
I woke up to the steady patter of rain yesterday morning. We need rain badly, especially as September was the driest start to Spring on record. But the soft rain dwindled out mid-to-late morning.
I’ve had an eagle eye on my Blueberry bush on my balcony.
…..waiting for the formation of fruit, so I can put the newly purchased cotton netting over it to deter birds snacking.
It’s about 15″ high and the same amount wide, although a little lop-sided as I probably forgot to keep turning it every 2nd day so it grew evenly (towards the west-facing light).
(I vaguely remember pruning a few wayward branches off too, which probably didn’t help).
“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”.
…and flowers I’ve had in the hundreds this year.
But, does this mean I’ll get hundred of luscious blueberries? Who knows. I don’t have enough gardening experience to be certain.
My (experienced) gardener brother said my dozen or so miserable berry crop last year were probably due to the birds raiding the newly formed fruit (before I was out of bed? 🙂 ).
Some websites I read last year said Blueberries don’t fruit until the 2nd year, but I guess that depends on the variety. When I first bought this small plant, I got about 20 berries before it had even started to grow.
I remember being quite excited at the time as I’d never grown a Blueberry bush before.
“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”
This sounds promising 🙂