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Garden Gallery Three

No flowers in this section - just fruit. :o)


The two pictures below are of our wild blueberries - Vaccineum caespitosum. The image on the left shows the berries just a wee bit smaller than lifesize. The image on the right gives you an idea of the actual scale when you see them in comparison to the size of a person's hand. These berries are extremely flavourful and make wonderful pies, tarts, toppings and are fantastic with a little milk or ice cream. It takes a long time to pick a 4-liter (1 gallon) pail and usually several handfuls get eaten during the day for refreshing snacks (one has to keep one's strength up, after all). With more and more land being cleared for various purposes there are fewer collecting places and people who frequent a good berry patch often jealously guard the secret of its location.

Wild blueberries - copyright 2000 by Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved
Wild blueberries - copyright 2000 by Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved


More blueberries but cultivated (or tame) ones this time. The bowl, held by the gardener who grew them, contains a mixture of North Country and North Blue. Your eyes are not deceiving you - one variety has larger berries with a lighter blue bloom on them than the other variety; unfortunately I don't know which is which. She has grown the plants for several years, only getting a few berries for the first few years. The last couple of years she has had better yields but had problems fending off the birds, mice and squirrels who also find them a great source of food. Netting did the trick this past summer, but it also has the effect of shading the plants from the sun a little more than desirable for the final ripening of the fruit.

Blueberries - copyright 2000 by Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved


Sweet 100 Tomatoes. These are familiar to most people by now. I keep trying other varieties of cherry tomatoes but keep coming back to them as they seem to be the most reliable for me. I always grow them in large containers so I can move them around if necessary and a couple of plants always produce as much fruit as I need. The skins can be a little tough and sometimes they are prone to splitting if they get uneven watering but the taste is excellent.

Sweet 100 tomatoes - copyright 2000 by Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved


Sweet Gold cherry tomatoes. These have the same growth habit as Sweet 100's but the fruit is yellow in colour. The taste is mild and sweet. The plant I grew last year was very prolific. This is one of the first tomatoes of this type that I would consider a possible alternative to Sweet 100 but I think it would be nice to grow both so a person has the two colours of fruit. I will definitely try it again this summer if I can find it.

Sweet Gold tomatoes - copyright 2000 by Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved

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Buddy & Hallie du Preez, all rights reserved.


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