Blueberry Babies

blueberrybloomsWith any luck, these pretty little flowers will ripen into one of the Hurricane’s favorite fruits. POD even remembered to fertilize them last fall and earlier this spring with a little nitrogen-rich blood meal. Short of pH testing, I think the blueberry rules are being followed pretty closely.

Although this is their forth year of life (which means, theoretically, that they should produce at least a few handfuls of fruit), we’ll keep our expectations modest. After all, they’ve exceeded expectations¬†elsewhere¬† the blossoms are long-lasting and rather beautiful, the shrub is a lovely green, and the fiery red leaves are a joy in the fall.

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Top Hats

These days, POD’s all about trying new things. For years, the Endurer’s been asking for berries. For years, he’s been ignored. Suddenly, though, there seemed to be a new wisdom in his request: they’re perennials. One and done. Just like babies! But, one hopes, less noisy and more tasty.

Anyhoo, this dwarf Top Hat bush found a home alongside a semi-dwarf Sunshine Blue about a month ago. In the intervening month, both bushes turned burning-bush/toddler tantrum crimson and I feared the stress of shipping and replanting had already gotten the best of them.

It seems the tantrum has passed.

Growing Blue

Top Hat Blueberry
Top Hat Blueberry

POD’s expanding! Well, sort of. At roof-level, Plants on Deck has always been all about the veggies; but at street level (POF never quite worked, so the plants out front have gone largely undocumented on these pages), there have always been containers full of blooming annuals and perennials. Each year, hours were spent plotting pleasing combinations and combing the area nurseries for perfect flowering flora. Lately, though, those hours are spent doing other things (like reading the classics.)

So this year’s gonna’ be different.

The Black-eyed Susan’s surrounding the maple are here to stay, but those annual containers? That require replanting each year? Way too much trouble.

earthworms!
Earthworms!

Blueberries, baby. These two- and three-year-old plants, purchased from Gurney’s, just arrived. Worms included!

The interwebs assure gardeners that growing blueberries is easy! (Then again, they say that about tomatoes, too.) Alas, I’ve seen other, more accomplished gardeners (read: my folks) dedicate years to the miserable little shrubs with little to show for their efforts. Somehow, though, that doesn’t deter. Even if they don’t produce the 5-10 pounds of berries the catalogs promise, here’s hoping the shrubs are aesthetically pleasing enough to justify their existence.

These Dwarf Top Hat and the semi-dwarf Sunshine Blues were planted in two large containers in soil formulated for shrubs (higher acidity). A few scoops of regular potting soil and pine much were thrown in to round things off, and a cup of blueberry food (Holly-tone would work, too) was mixed in and top-dressed for good measure. We’re not expecting much this year, but we’re hoping for dividends down the road.