Sunday, April 19, 2015

Honeyberries are Blooming

Honeyberry Blooms

I am excited to see that my Honeyberry bushes are in full bloom right now! The thought of getting some of the fruit later this year is very exciting. I have only ever had one berry in my entire life. There was one small berry on the plant when I bought it. I planted it two years ago in the summer. Last year, we had such a messy spring with a very late, heavy snow fall which destroyed a lot of the flowers and buds. The plants struggled to get a second start. This spring is looking good!

Honeyberries are a native of Siberia. They are cold hardy down to –40F. The berries are shaped like a blackberry, but the skin is solid more like a blueberry. The flavor is somewhere in between the two if I remember right. It has been two years. I hope to be able to report on harvesting berries later this year.

Hopefully, the native pollinators, like bumblebees, are hard at work. My honeybees are officially dead; they appear to have starved through the winter. I have a new package on order and they should be in here in a couple weeks.

Honeyberry Blooms

4 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with the honeyberry so I had to look it up, Lonicera caerulea. I'll have to check with our local nurseries for this, thanks for the lead. Sorry the bees didn't make it.

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    1. Good luck with them. There are some really great nurseries in Oregon. *Jealous*

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    1. Thanks keith. Me too. Hoping the new ones will be better.

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