Looky What We Found!


Sweet, literally.


At the far end of the veggie bed that is a narrow strip of sun drenched soil between the arborvitae and chamaecyparis hedges at the back of our property, grows the raspberry bushes. Metal fence posts strung with multi-strand wire were installed last year for support as the canes have grown larger since they were first planted in 2008. Each day the berry patch has been perused, watching for the fruit to color up. Each day, green and small baby raspberries showed little sign of ripening.


Until the day I bent down to pull out an appalling baby walnut tree that had been planted by the vandal squirrels in the very same bed. The noirve of them! Looking up from below the canes we saw very ripe berries, nearly falling off the stems.


There was no time to waste, the dark red beauties were barely hanging on to the plant by a thread. Just a touch had them fall into my cupped hands. Right into the mouth was the only sensible thing to do with them. There will be more to share with The Financier later. Maybe. No sense mentioning it to him now, since he is busy reading the paper, anyway.


There are two types of raspberries growing here, the red Caroline and the golden Anne. Only red ones have been discovered so far this season, but rest assured that the best glasses will be worn when checking for the highly perishable fruits. The berry laden branches have been gently draped over the wires, the better to see you, my dears.


The next portion of the veggie strip is now planted with leeks. In the center of them is a nice sized raspberry cane that seems to have jumped ship, color unknown. This will be dug and planted at the Fairegarden NC in Asheville this fall. A bed will have to be prepared there in which to receive the goods.


To pad out the post, here is a shot of the red Asiatic lily now blooming at the edge of the Black Garden, looking towards the Gravel Garden and the raised box planter. Things are moving right along here, gardenwise.


For Mother’s Day, daughter Semi gave us a nice large specimen of Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’. Thanks, my dear. The tag says that the lower petals will open first, a bright orange, then the upper petals will open and the whole flower will age to a brilliant red. Sounds lovely. It is already quite attractive, planted in a container by the lower deck for better flower watching. We don’t want to miss a single bloom. Nor does the little orange spider hanging onto a petal, far right.

Frances

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14 Responses to Looky What We Found!

  1. Carol says:

    Those raspberries look good… I also have Caroline and Anne in my garden, thanks to your recommendation. So far they are about one foot tall but I did notice a bloom on each so perhaps I’ll get a taste of the harvests to come in future years?

    Thanks Carol. If you have blooms, you should get flowers this year! Hooray!
    Frances

  2. Valerie says:

    Lovely yummy raspberries are a real treat. I planted Hot Papaya last fall. Can’t wait to see it bloom. V

    Hi Valerie, thanks for visiting. Hot Papaya has now fully opened and is turning a dark reddish orange. It is fabulous. You will love it!
    Frances

  3. Sheila Read says:

    We’ll keep your secret 🙂

    Those raspberries really pop against the green background. Beautiful AND delicious, I’m sure.

    A gorgeous lily – mine are about to bloom.

    Thanks Sheila. No one needs to know about greedy gardener deeds in the early morn! The lilies have just begun to open here, heavenly. I am sure yours are wonderful, they all are.
    Frances

  4. I love raspberries and these look especially delicious. I bet you enjoyed every bite! Your lilies really pop against all the green in the landscape.

    Thanks Karin. Right off the vine and into the mouth is best, still warm. The lilies are so photogenic, I love them all.
    Frances

  5. Greggo says:

    sweeeeeet is right.

    Thanks, Greggo! 🙂

  6. Interesting how the Echinacea opens. Our wild blackberries are starting to get ripe…may try to get a few, though the birds do a pretty good job cleaning off the berries.

    Hi Janet, thanks for stopping by. Berry season is wonderful, as is lily season. The Echinacea is now fully open and the promised dark reddish color. Quite lovely.
    Frances

  7. Nell Jean says:

    Oh, yum! Summer is such a time of edible delights. We’re picking blueberries here. I’ve never seen raspberries here, rarely even in stores. So dry we probably won’t have wild blackberries.

    Hi Nell Jean, oh yum to blueberries! I am sorry for your dry weather, that really is a bummer. We are worried about the same happening here, even after a nice rainy spring. It doesn’t take long for stuff to dry up.
    Frances

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Mmmmm raspberries. You did the right thing to eat those first ones. They wouldn’t have kept fresh from the garden into the house. You probably would have dropped them or crushed them in your had. Love those lilies and your new cone flower.

    Hi Lisa, thanks for the support, my friend! Yes, the berries need to be eaten immediately. The Financier has since had his share after he went up to check on their progress. The lilies are coming into bloom and the Hot Papaya is mature and meeting expectations.
    Frances

  9. Garden Sense says:

    I can almost taste those raspberries! Gorgeous Lilies.

    Thanks!

  10. Nutty Gnome says:

    Mmmmm – I can almost taste their sweetness from here! 🙂
    Our raspberries are getting there, but our unusually hot dry April followed by a very chilly, windy May has confused them a bit – but maybe the downpours of the last couple of days combined with today’s sun will get them back on track!

    Hi Liz, thanks. I hope your raspberries recover from that harsh weather. It is pretty much the norm here, maybe why we don’t get huge crops. Only a handful has to satisfy us. Still worth the growing space, though.
    Frances

  11. Fresh raspberries from the cane. It doesn’t get much more summersweet than that! And, of course, to be a true locavore, you have to eschew all long-distance transport, like from the garden to the house!

    HA Helen, that is my perfect excuse!!!! My favorite t shirt has a picture of a dandelion on it with the words ‘Eat Local’. Must walk the walk…
    Frances

  12. Gail says:

    Dear Frances, That raspberry looks delicious~as does Hot Papaya~But, in an oh so different way! Happy noshing in the garden~xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. Being able to pick and eat while standing in the garden is the best way to eat local.
    xxxooo
    Frances

  13. Raspberries, raspberries? What raspberries? That’s usually my response anyway 😉 That or ‘oh hon, sorry, they’re not quite ripe yet’ **snicker**. As I was reading, I would have been shocked if any of them had found their way into the house. So glad you didn’t disappoint!

    Hi CV, thanks for dropping by. I am ashamed, a little, for being so greedy, but know there will be many more to share. I hope!
    Frances

  14. Lola says:

    Oh goodness. I do adore that red edible fruit. I must try some here. Does it have thorns?
    Red lilies are a must here also. The mother’s day gift sure is pretty. I really like it.

    Hi Lola, thanks. The raspberries do have tiny, hairy pickers. I think there are thornless varieties, though. The Hot Papaya is gorgeous, fully red now.
    Frances

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