This year there was no sign up so I didn’t and decided I wouldn’t do it this year. Who was I kidding? One week in I feel like I should be catching up.
Here’s my B. Seven days late. While it’s tempting to complete all the late ones and post in one go I think I’ll post two a day for the next week. The one that’s due on that day and the one from the previous week. Well my blog does say I’m random.. We’ll see. I’ll do what I can. It’s amazing I’m getting anything posting since I’d decided not to participate this year. What am I like, don’t answer that.
Ooh this could have been about my less than successful attempt to grow a bramley apple tree. I used that story for A. Are we covering blackberries as I spend my life torn between letting the garden become overtaken so I can have apple and blackberry crumble fresh from the garden.
No, B is for blackcurrant. I’m sure I’ve told this story before. My memory of growing up is that the blackcurrant bush in our garden didn’t do so well. The poor thing never fruited. Each year I’d be wishing it well so I could bake a blackcurrant tart and each year Dad would inform me that, yet again, it had been a bad year for blackcurrants. How gullable was I?
Move forward thirty years.
My garden had one blackcurrant bush which has seeded and I now have many blackcurrant bushes. I’ve never had a bad year for blackcurrants. I’ve learnt that they fruit on last years canes. If you remove all of last years canes you won’t get any blackcurrants, that’s quite a hard thing to do each year. (Please don’t quote or follow this guidance, there’s proper horticultural advice out there, I’m no trained horticulturist and these are my own views. I may have remembered this completely wrong.)
My dad was a much better gardener than me and I’ve finally realised he probably didn’t like blackcurrants! It makes me smile each time I think of what he did to make sure that bush wouldn’t fruit. In those days we topped and tailed the blackcurrants, something I wouldn’t dream of today. I take any stalks off which have managed to stay on as I harvest the fruit. Each year I get enough for a pie, some for the freezer and share the rest with the birds that live around here.
Since I only have one pic of Blackcurrants in fruit, they’re not out yet here’s a pic of my bluebells which aren’t out yet either and I’ll update you later on what they look like when they’re in flower. I’ve suddenly come up with lots more B words I could have used.. Blackbird, Bee, Buddleigh and Bean.
My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about gardening, Lynne style.
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