50/52: it’s a baby blueberry

Having discovered an enjoyment of baking with blueberries, I decided it was time last year to add a couple of blueberry plants to our mini orchard. The new plants represented potential blueberry friands.

two blueberry plants

And now, finally, nineteen months later, one little blueberry has appeared. Hopefully this will herald the imminent arrival of many more. Perhaps this is all we will get this year, but it’s a start.

the first blueberry

However, I am a little concerned about the leaves, which seem a little speckled. I think if I expect fruit I am going to have to be more knowledgeable about diseases to avoid or treat.

If any green-thumbed readers know why they look like that, please comment. Otherwise, I will need to do some internet research. After all, Google is my friend.

blueberry leaves

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302/366: future friand filling

Okay, let’s take a step into the future. At the moment my blueberry plants are very young, and I believe it will take a couple of years before they get any fruit, but just imagine it.

I can almost see a glass platter of magnificent blueberry friands.

In the meantime I shall have to continue buying blueberries when I have the urge to use my friand pan, but they say good things come to those who wait. Let’s just be patient.

145/366: potential blueberry friands

Loving blueberry friands, we bought two Brigitta blueberry bushes from Bunnings, to plant in the two new concrete pots I bought recently. Yes, at a garage sale.

Googled information recommended planting them in a larger pot, but because I intend to shape them and keep them a condensed size, I figured this sized pot might be suitable. These acid-loving plants require a potting mix which is also suitable for azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias and camellias.

When potting, make sure you tease the roots. Na-na-na-na-na; that’s really hard to spell, but you get the gist. If you didn’t get it, just keep reading and ignore my moment of silliness. You actually have to spread the roots out so they don’t think they’re still in the same small pot. It’s a bit like muscle memory in our bodies, or memory foam pillows. We have to get them out of the habit.

It may take up to fifteen months to get fruit from these bushes, but I can wait, and then I will definitely post the resultant fruit on my blog. Meanwhile, I already make blueberry friands, generally utilising frozen fruit. It comes in a resealable bag, so I only have to take out the necessary thirty blueberries so that five are inserted in each friand before baking.

The new pots replace two old plastic pots of succulents, which have now moved to a more secluded area, leaving the classier, more formal pots front and centre.