Monday, February 15, 2010

Blooms!

My second spring with my "Sunshine" blueberries. I am so pleased I just had to share these flowers with the world.

Blueberries do not like the alkaline soil of west of interstate 45. These are being grown in my "berry boat" full of rose soil and pine needles to acidify the pH . Of course every time I turn on the water faucet the soil gets more and more alkaline. "Sunshine" is one variety said to be more tolerant of heat and our alkaline conditions. So far, so good!

Even though there are only a few leaves I do love their fall/winter color. Won't be long now before this little bush will be all covered in green (and blue!).

Just because it is winter - there are blooms to be seen.

Catch them here: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

19 comments:

Kelly@LifeOutOfDoors said...

Thanks for visiting my blue blooms - so happy for you that you actually have some outside. Lucky! Enjoy the approaching spring...I know it will approach here too, someday. Kelly

Caroline said...

Gorgeous. Each spring I toy with the idea of growing blueberries. Then I realize I don't have room for a big whiskey half-barrel and drop the idea. Happy GBBD!

NellJean said...

Everybody should plant blueberries.

Happy Bloom Day.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Our neighbors here in southern Wisconsin are growing blueberries, but I have never noticed the flowers. This year I will have to be more attentive as they are certainly lovely. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Kate said...

Hi;
First time visitor, love the green and bright flowers of your kinder climate. I'm up to my eyeballs in snow so I'll live vicariously through your garden adventures. Happy bloom day!

lostlandscape (James) said...

Very cool berries. Whenever I think about planting blueberries I worry about my alkaline soil/water mix. Seeing your success in growing them, though, motivates me to giving them a try!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Here you are! Thanks for visiting my bloom day post. I love your blooms. I hope you get some yummy blueberries.

noel said...

aloha,

what a celebration for bloom day, i've never seen blue berry blossums before so that was a treat...can i pick some next time they are ready? I enjoyed reading your beautiful post today:)

Gail said...

They are the most unusual blooms~beautiful but very different looking. gail

Melody said...

Lucky you! My blueberries are just getting ready to bud out here in North Florida. I also read your post about the stumpery. I have one of those on its side that I was calling the stump garden. Now I know what it really is:)

Angela said...

Bluberries looking so good on an alkaline region! You inspire me. I do have plenty of pine needles, so I should give it a try. My water is so alkaline than I have been reluctant to try it. Maybe mixing in a bit of vinegar with the irrigation water?

Lancashire rose said...

Hi Tufa girl- I love tufa pots and have been planning to make some for as long as I can remember. There would be a substitute for those wonderful troughs in england. A place to grow little succulents. The most wonderful tuffa greenhouse is at Holehird gardens in the Lake District, Cumbria, Blueberries! If you can grow these do you think you can grow gooseberries and blackcurrants? I would go a country mile for either.

lifeshighway said...

oh, you have blooms already. They are beautiful.

Tufa Girl said...

LancashireRose - I would kill for some gooseberries. It is way too hot here and the soil is horrible.

Jean said...

I really had no idea that blueberries had such neat looking blooms (and they actually grow fairly well where I live!). I really must consider getting some.

Geno's Garden said...

wow...I better start taking better care of my blueberries (only today did I get out to do some garden cleanup...2 blueberries, one just about to leaf out, and the other...???) Those blooms are gorgeous.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your Blueberries are much farther along then ours here. I had no idea that they could be difficult to grow other places. I hope the berry boat works and you gets lots of blueberries!

Muhammad khabbab said...

WOW what lovely blooms!!! blue berry blooms are a treat to watch.

Tufa Girl said...

I so enjoyed sharing my blooms with you all. This is the first time for me too!