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.