Thursday, June 15, 2017

Berry Bushes


June, it's time for berry bushes and fruit trees. They bloom to be pollinated, start to fruit then ripen at the end of summer. 
In my garden there are many bushes of black, white and red currant, I also have some gooseberry bushes. 
This May I've decided to take picture of their flowers. Above is the gooseberry bush flower, I think its shape is a bit unusual, reminds me a sea creature  :-).  
Here are pictures of black currant flowers, they were small, a lot on all the branches.


By the way looking at the gooseberry bush I noticed many flowers as well. They were hidden with dense leaves.


The red currant flowers were gathered in clusters, lots of future berries.


June is warmer than May, green fruit and berries already grow up and ripen. I suppose I will have good harvest this summer.


My small cherry-plum started to blossom for the first time. I think the berries must be yellow ones. As the label says :-). It grows as a low tree or bush, but it did not set fruit till now.



Last tulips and daffodils decorate the beds and front garden. When the wind blows they sway their heads as if saying farewell till next spring. I love them and show you their beauty.


In June the small sedum (Sedum ochroleucum) is in bloom, its yellow fluffy lowers are seen between tulip faded leaves.


New rhododendron 'Roseum Elegance' has started to flower, opening its buds every day. The flowers are pink and big enough.


The conifers wintered well, sprouted new light green needles. The small one is a silver fir and the taller one is a pine pruned as niwaki (garden bonsai). I like pruning my pines in niwaki style and I think when silver fir is grown up I will made it in niwaki style as well.


Do you love eating fresh berries or just berry jam? Do you grow any berry bushes in your garden? 
Do you leave tulip faded leaves on beds or do you cut them off?  What is your experience?


48 comments:

  1. Lovely flowers in bloom, enjoying the radiant sunshine. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. WE have lots of berries and soon the main job on the allotment will be picking them. We don;t make jam as it has too much sugar so when we pick more than we can eat fresh we make compotes and freeze or just freeze the fruit to use later.

    I am always amazed how the bees love those tiny insignificant flowers.

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    1. I prefer to freeze fresh berries as well, Sue. They taste like have been picking just now when I open them in winter.

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  3. Oh my goodness, but these are lovely photos. I do not have any of the berries you do so I appreciated seeing the different flowers. We grow a lot of raspberries which I freeze and enjoy during the winter months. We also have blueberries, but they have been struggling. My low bush don't do much and the high bush had to be moved three years ago, and they have been irritated every since and have all but up and died on me. I'm thinking of trying Hasknap or honey berries. Have you ever grown them? I can't grow tulips because the chipmunks and squirrels eat them. I had one tulip come up this year, but I have a few daffodils. I leave their greenery until it gets ugly and then trim it off. :-)

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    1. I grow honey berry bush but it's too small for big harvest. I love these berries.
      Thanks for your advice, Judy!

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  4. Good afternoon dear Nadezda,
    Everybody who is growing berry's never notice how beautiful the flowers are. Fantastic photo's.
    Helas I own a little garden and have no space to grow berry's.
    Have wonderful day and enjoy eating the fruite.

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    1. Sure you love fresh berries, Marijke. Me too :-)
      Have a nice day!

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  5. I have never known the flowers of these berries. They look zo artistic and decorative! As I only grow red currents I have never seen these. Groetjes Hetty

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    1. Yes, they do Hetty. Therefore I have taken photos of these flowers. I love eating red currant and love that they never drop off the branches.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous, Nadezda! So lovely to see your post.

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  7. Hi Nadezda! The growing season is in the garden going on. We grow gooseberries and blueberries. In addition, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, common sea buckthorn, plums, apricots and cherries. I freeze for the winter most of the harvest. Greetings

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    1. Wow, what a harvest! I love eating sea buckthorn jam but don't like to gather the berrie - it has a lot of thorns (.

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  8. Las fotografías están preciosas. Con las frambuesas, fresas y moras suelo hacer mermelada, aunque también las como frescas. Besitos.

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    1. Yo hago lo mismo, Teresa. Prefiero comer frescas y despues cocino la jalea.
      Gracias!

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  9. Excellent pictures of tiny flowers! It's sad to see your beautiful tulips and daffodils fade but very exciting to think of the joys of summer. Only fresh berries for me as I no longer consume sugar. I leave the faded foliage of tulips and daffodils on the beds because I'm a lazy gardener and other plants grow up and cover it.

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    1. It's a good idea, Peter. I should be a lazy gardener as well. Now the geraniums grow close the tulip leaves, I think I leave them as you do.

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  10. Olá, belas fores bem captadas com detalhes bem definidas, as bagas de groselha são lindas.
    AG

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  11. Hello Nadezda,
    what an interesting idea to take pictures from the berry blossom. First I wasn't sure about the German translation for gooseberry until I saw the leaves. I have them also, as well as all kind of currants, rasberries, strawberries and blueberries. Everything is ripe or nearly ripe. Only the blueberry blossom caught the frost this year.
    From my fruit harvest I bake fruit cakes and also jam (actually a lot of). I love to make jam.
    What concerns the tulip faded leaves: I leave them on the bed until they are completely dry.
    Have a nice weekend
    Sigrid

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    1. Sure your fruit cakes are very tasty. I love them with fresh berries :-)
      Thanks for your advice about tulips!

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  12. I loved the close ups of the interesting flowers on your berry bushes Nadezda. Your other blooms are lovely too and I always admire the new growth on conifers, which I am a big fan of!

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    1. I love growing conifers, Lee, too because nine months of the year they decorate my garden when there are no flowers.

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  13. Lo tienes precioso amiga. Con tanto calor las flores están saliendo rápido. Está haciendo mucho calor para ser junio + de 42º. Se nos presenta un verano muy calentito Nadezda. Me gustan mucho tus plantas.
    Buen fin de semana. Gracias 😘 por tus amables comentarios siempre.
    Besos.

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    1. Vaya, Laura, que calor! Nunca vivia en un verano tan "calentito". Tal vez sea difícil de soportar, necesitas aire acondicionado.

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  14. Just look at all those berries! I see a lot of jam-making in the future for you, Nadezda. I've always wanted to grow raspberries here, but haven't found a good place for them. Raspberries and strawberries are my favorite. As for the tulips, I leave them alone until they're completely brown--I want to make sure they come back next year.

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    1. I had one bed of strawberries, Rose. They need much care, many diseases and the harvest is not big. So I refused the strawberry growing in my garden. The currant bushes is more easy in growth.

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  15. I have no experience in growing fruit shrubs! Actually, I only have a few bushes of raspberries.
    I admire your flowering shrubs ! I see that you will have a lot of fruit for jams!
    Happy weekend, dear Nadezda !!

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    1. I'd love to have raspberry bushes as well, Ela. But there is no space for them in my garden :(
      Thank you!

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  16. What a great post, Nadezda! We tend to notice the berry bushes when they bare a lot of fruits. But you show me their flowers! Especially, gooseberry is little-known fruit in Japan, so, I'm happy to see its unique shape of flowers:)
    I had some berry pots, but they died because larvas of scarabaeid beetle ate the roots...
    By the way, thank you for your kind comment about our building's repair. As you mentioned, I will be able to transport my plants into the friend's garden, thank you!
    Have a nice Sunday!!

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    1. Keity, sure you will plant new berry bushes in your rebuilt garden. Perhaps there is any remedy against the beetles. Good luck!

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  17. Lovely! What are you going to make with all those currants? Right now in our garden we have Serviceberries getting ripe.

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    1. Jason, I have a small tree of Serviceberry, we call it 'Irga'. I love them just eating fresh and I also do the apple+serviceberry jam. But most of the berries I leave on the tree for birds.

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  18. Hello dear Nadezda!

    As always great relationship and beautiful pictures.
    Thank you that i could see your plants.

    Kisses and greetings.

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  19. Olá Nadezda, as imagens estão lindas.
    Boa semana.
    janicce.

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    1. Hello, Janicce.
      Thank you,
      have a nice week!

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  20. Interesting! Thank you for sharing

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  21. Beautiful images! I love currants. Rhododendron is beautiful, mine has finished its flowering.

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  22. Gorgeous photos, Nadezda!
    We have the same berry bushes as you do, but I never manage to take such lovely photos of their flowers. We mainly store the berries in the freezers and eat them all year round.
    As to tulips, in Italy, with the dry summers, growing tulips was very easy. Here in Finland, I remove the leaves when completely withered and try to let the plants rest, but they do decline in vigour. (That's why I haven't bought new bulbs recently.)
    Have a happy Midsummer weekend!

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    1. Thanks for your advice, Sara. I left the tulip leaves on the bed to the bulbs mature. You're right the leaves don't look well. Due to the cold summer weather +14 C the other plants bloom a little.
      Happy Midsummer!

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  23. You captured some really sharp detail on those berry bush photos! I especially like 1 and 3-awesome!

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    1. They're amazing, you're right, Larry.

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