Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Beauty of Blueberries

I have truly enjoyed growing blueberries the past few years. I have four bushes - two of which are very good producers. I feel my blueberries are stunning, especially in mid-summer, when they are full of tasty berries.

Look, they're pretty now too with their yellow and scarlet leaves.

If you want to grow blueberries, they do best in acidic soil. My soil is alkaline, so I amend it with aluminum sulfate, coffee grounds, sulfur, etc.

Pretty in pie!

Delicious too!

We'll have low temperatures close to freezing for the first time this week. What's pretty in the garden now will soon be history. Let's take a look:

Buck rose 'Pearlie Mae'

 
These morning glories seem to glow.

 
Another pretty morning glory



Clematis 'Princess Diana'
This is her first year, and her first bloom.

Lavender 'Munstead'

Digitalis 'Camelot Cream'


Latest garden art acquistion; a gift from a friend

 
The nigella self-seeded, and in fact has already started to grow...

 
...and even bloom!

I dug up the angel wing jasmine and brought it inside. It has numerous buds.

See my "haystack?" It's actually pine needles. Ron and I have been raking pine needles from three neighbors' yards to use as mulch. How nice it is to have fresh mulch again!

Warm Regards,
Beth


15 comments:

  1. I agree that blueberry bushes are beautiful Beth! I read a long time ago that they make the prettiest bright red hedge row in Fall:@)

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  2. You have me wanting blue-berry pie .. and thinking where to plant some blue-berry bushes next year..:) ... your flowers are beautiful... xo HHL

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  3. Hi Beth,
    So great to hear from you hon.
    I have been so busy I haven't had much time for visiting around or blogging much. Thanks for your Congrats to Dee and Jerry, we are so happy for them, and can't wait to see them when they get back.
    Can't wait to see their pictures, not sure if they will get them before they leave or not, but hope so! Will post some as soon as I can.
    Your blueberry bushes are gorgeous, I have never seen any before. We have very acidic soil, so I should find a place to plant some, bet they are incredible fresh like that.
    Your whole garden is gorgeous, loved seeing all your flowers,
    never get enough of flowers. lol

    Hope all is well with you sweetie,
    Thanks for coming by,
    have missed you!
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

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  4. I agree, they are gorgeous! What is that first morning glory? OMG! What gorgeous coloring! It does seem to glow! Everything is so pretty. It's so sad to see all the beautiful flowers go for the winter.

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  5. I didn't know blueberries turned color in the fall. How gorgeous!
    Aren't you blessed to have mulch from neighbors' trees and aren't they blessed to have you rake it up?!
    Do you add anything special to your morning glories? They look fabulous!

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  6. Beautiful flowers.
    Thanks for the tip on the blueberry bush. Mine has been looking quite sad.

    The pie looks delicious.

    Dee

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  7. Hi Beth
    The blueberry bushes have nice autumn colour; likely my soil wasn't acidic enough when I had bushes of my own.
    I used to be able to collect leaves from next door but after I wrote an article about using them for mulch, didn't the neighbours start using them for their own use! Now I only have the leaves on our property and whatever blows over from them I'm quick to get. :-)
    Hugs,
    Judith

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  8. Beth,

    I love all the blooms you still have. I have lots of roses and grasses but most everything else has given up. You are lucky that you can grow blueberries, more difficult in my area.

    Eileen

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  9. The blueberries are such an interesting looking plant, I love the foliage and the colors now in fall. The clematis Princess Diana is so pretty and the rose, well, they're all gorgeous.

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  10. Gode billeder.
    Smukke blomster.
    Tak for kigget.

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  11. Your pie looks delicious and my mouth is watering! Your photos are beautiful!

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  12. Looks lovely to me! Your pie looks delicious!

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  13. That blueberry bush is beautiful with those fall colors! That Buck rose sure is gorgeous, too. We have a whole bunch of pine needles in our backyard, if you want them (LOL).

    Have a great weekend, Beth! :)

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  14. Your flowers are beautiful. I especially like the morning glories, so pretty. The pie looks delicious, too!

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  15. I was so sorry I forgot to plant Morning Glories this year, Beth...yours are beautiful!

    So are all those fresh blueberries. I have a few bags in the freezer from my sister. I HOARD them like they were gold. LOL

    Loved seeing all the pretty colors in your garden. You truly have the greenest thumb that I know.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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