FIRST BLUEBERRY OF THE SEASON……

As you all know, I love my little balcony garden.

It’s become one of the features of my day and the source of many bird images in the past (now that I can’t do much walking outdoors in nature).

Yesterday, I walked around the rows of pots searching all around each potted plant to see which ones required some maintenance, or I might have to replace (since my week’s absence in hospital early October) AND the ferocious winds of more recent weeks.

To my surprise, I spotted the first ripe blueberry of the season and hurried indoors to get my camera and a short 17-50mm lens to capture it.

(Of course, then I promptly ate it  😀  )

I searched the whole bush thoroughly but this was the only ripe, sweet, luscious little ‘gem’.

 I have to say that despite the hundreds of flowers this Spring, many of which blew off in the strong wind,  the plant doesn’t look as healthy as the same time last year.

I couldn’t find any photos of ripe fruit around this time in 2018 at all, so maybe this was a ‘once-off ‘ yesterday.

Last year, I bought some cotton netting to protect the fruit from the birds but the Superb Fairy-wrens ignored that totally and were still able to peck through the gaps, so I gave my netting to my brother for his orchard and tried to find out whether you could grow potted Blueberry bushes indoors.

It seems you can,  so I shall soon move the bush indoors to the corner of the lounge which is full of light and move the Peace Lily aside.   I think the corner of the room where the Peace Lily is located (below) will be the best spot as my desk & printers take up the right-hand side of the room.

THIS IMAGE WAS MADE IN EARLY SPRING WHEN THE GREEN PEST CONTROL NET CAGE WAS PROTECTING MY YOUNG SEEDLINGS.  UNFORTUNATELY, THIS NET IS TOO LOW FOR THE CURRENT BLUEBERRY BUSH.

The image below was made the same time last year and reveals the green fruit were much larger than yesterday.

I’ve had so many birds in the garden landing on the Blueberry bush this morning, I suspect the birds know that there will be ripe fruit very soon.  In fact, I’ve had more avian visitors this morning, than for the last 3 weeks 🙂

I don’t mind sharing my plentiful herbs, but blueberries….well, I want all that I can grow for my breakfast, so ‘claws off’ little Wrens (and Sparrows)!