Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Sunday 13 December 2009

Blackberries in February

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 8:28 pm

I think I remember a fairy story I read many years ago about someone who had to find some impossible things, and I am sure that one of them was ‘blackberries in February’. Well, perhaps I can help out with that. These photographs were taken this morning, and so with current light levels, February doesn’t seem that unreasonable.

This blackberry plant flowered in September and the fruit is ripening well.

This blackberry plant flowered in September and the fruit is ripening well.

Blackberries close up

Blackberries close up

My own progress has been slow, however. Now I have not only rain, but Christmas to contend with. I have had to take time away from the garden to do boring things like buying Christmas cards, but it cannot be helped. So I am cancelling the January milestone, and I am going to stop getting stressed about it and just laugh at my garden’s lack of biological competence. It’s not just the blackberry. The rose and the osteospermum have buds. And when I was clearing away some wet leaves, a large frog jumped out. I think I am going to have to sing lullabies to the amphibians this year if there is to be any chance of them hibernating.

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