The blackberries are just beginning to blossom. Right on time too as we have just gone through our blackberry winter. I have only found one plant actually blooming as yet so will be hard to see how well or poorly they should produce this season.
The rhubarb we have is doing crazy things this season. The one plant that grew fast went immediately to making seed. I of course allowed it because I had never seen one go to seed in all my years and wanted to see how it went about doing so. It will give me a chance to save the seed as well so as long as it is something I can learn from it is all good. The remaining plots of rhubarb are very slow in growing. I do believe that they and the strawberries will be ripening at about the same. Again I am not complaining, rhubarb only really goes well with strawberries anyway doesn't it?
The strawberries are looking to have a nice yield as well this season. After starting with just 20 plants a few years ago we are up to over a hundred now with plans on adding more each year. After the first year of a yield of 4 berries and last year of having a few quarts to freeze, this year is looking like we may have enough to even put back a few jars of preserves too.
The Oregon grap or Mahonia is starting to ripen. The Mohonia is like a funny looking,evergreen, shiny leaved, prickly thing that produces zillions of bluish purple berries that can be harvested and turned in to jams and other yumminess. This will be the first year that I actually harvest these for more than just a fun nibble.