I have blackberries!

I made a quick walk around the garden tonight – the ‘Kiowa’ blackberries (Rubus hybrid) are ripening. This is their second year, a passalong from a friend in Orange County who was thinning them out. Don’t believe the descriptions about “upright canes”; they desperately need to be staked. kiowa-blackberry-rs

That’s an elderberry leaf in the picture, and they are in full bloom. There’s a Sambucus canadensis ‘York’ that I bought last spring, and ‘Ranch’, from a cutting sold by Norm’s Elderberry Farms each spring. I bought four twigs each of four varieties three years ago, and this was the only one that made it – live and learn. I bought two each of two varieties last year and they have done much better; I just need to figure out where to plant them. elderberry-flower-rs

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is looking good this year; grown from NCBG seed and planted last spring.

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Somehow, the seeds I planted for purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) have come up white:

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Last thing I did was plant brown-eyed susan (Rudbeckia triloba) from the NC Native Plant Society’s picnic last weekend in the meadow, and an evergreen dwarf form of hobblebush (Agarista populifolia) named ‘Leprechaun’ from a sale at NCBG, planted along the front porch on the eastern side.

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