Things have been blooming like crazy during the last two weeks. The photograph above is of a few of our blueberry blooms. We have about sixty very immature blueberry bushes that are loaded with blooms. It has been a very dry spring, so I have made sure that they are getting enough moisture through the driplines. Assuming the birds don't get to them first, I am hoping that we get a good crop of blueberries this year.
I planted three Goumi bushes this winter, and they also started to bloom last week. I planted 2 Sweet Scarlet and 1 Red Gem from One Green World. All three are blooming. They have such small, unusual blossoms.
We have a lot of everbearing and june bearing strawberries in our front flowerbeds. As I previously posted, the Eversweet were the first to bloom and form little green berries. All of the other everbearing varieties seem to have started blooming this week as well: Seascape, Ozark Beauty, Quinault, Tristar, Ogallala. Last year, we planted some june bearers, and they also are blooming: Lateglow, Jewel, and Allstar. This spring, we also plan on planting some Earliglow june bearers.
However, the first strawberry plants to start blooming for us were the musk strawberries - the Profumata di Tortona. The photograph below is of a musk strawberry plant.
Our honeyberries also started blooming a few weeks ago. We have several types of honeyberry - Kamchatka, Blue Velvet, and Blue Pacific - but I cannot tell one from the other. These plants are two years old, but they have been slow growers for us.
We also have several hardy and fuzzy kiwi plants of several different varieties. These plants have been in the ground for three years and have not produced blooms or fruit yet. Kiwi have a reputation for taking approximately 7 years before they come into production. The plants that I purchased looked like they might be 2 to 3 years old, so I am hoping that this may be my lucky year. The female plants require a male polinator, and I think our male fuzzy kiwi is about to produce some blooms. The following photographs are (1) of what I think is the male bloom bud on a fuzzy kiwi; (2) a bud on a hardy kiwi; and (3) of two fuzzy kiwi plants.