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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Edibles

When it comes to gardening, nothing has been more popular in the past several years than edibles. While vegetables, fruit trees and herbs have always been hot, new varieties have taken over centre stage. Check out these 8 new and unusual edibles for 2015

Brazelberry Pink Icing Blueberry

Brazelberry Pink Icing Blueberry

One of the newest additions to the Brazelberry lineup is ‘Pink Icing’ Blueberry. It features breathtaking spring and fall foliage colours. Springs new growth has varying shades of pink mixed with blue and deeper greens. In the fall and into winter, in mild climates, Pink icing foliage takes on stunning iridescent turquoise blue hues. Very impressive when planted en masse. It is an excellent blueberry for decorative patio pots or for planting into the landscape. Berries are large, sweet and have a robust blueberry flavor.

Pink Icing prefers to be grown in full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Fertilize each spring with a fruit and berry or rhododendron type fertilizer. This variety produces new canes each spring and fruits on the previous years canes. Once fruiting is complete, prune canes that have fruited leaving new canes to fruit the following season. Annual pruning promotes plant growth and berry production. Grows 3-4ft in height with a mounded, slightly spreading habit.

Brazelberry Blueberry Glaze Blueberry

Brazelberry Blueberry Glaze Blueberry

Blueberry Glaze plants are unlike any other blueberries. They have a small stature and incredibly glossy, dark green leaves. They are similar in appearance to boxwood and can also be sheared as such. White with pink spring flowers beautifully contrast the deep green foliage colour. Small dark blue, almost black berries are present in little bundles in mid-summer. Berries have an intense, almost wild blueberry flavor that is packed with anti-oxidants. Super aromatic too! Blueberry Glaze is an interspecific hybrid that is hardy to Zone 5. Add it to your landscape as an accent planting or prune it into an informal hedge. It is also perfect for patio planting in decorative containers.

Blueberry Glaze prefers full sun in moist, but well drained acidic soil. Fertilize each spring with a fruit and berry or rhododendron type fertilizer. Prune the same way as Pink Icing. Grows 2-3ft tall in a compact, bushy mound.

Aloha Berry, Pineberry

Aloha Berry Strawberry / Pineberry

Fragaria ‘Aloha Berry’

The Aloha Berry is a strawberry variety with white-skinned fruit and red seeds.Not only is it interesting looking, it tastes and smells like a cross between pineapples and strawberries! It is also known as a ‘Pineberry’. This variety is self-fertile, ever-bearing and produces fruit from June through the summer.

Grow Aloha berries in the full sun in average to moist soils. Available at Art’s Nursery in mid-to late May.

Goji Berry / Wolfberry

Goji Berry

Goji berries or Wolfberries is the fruit of Lycium barbatum, a plant related to potato, tomato, eggplant and chilli peppers. It is a deciduous, woody, perennial plant that was first cultivated in parts of China up to 600 years ago. More recently discovered in North America by the masses, it has rapidly garnered attention for its nutrient value and anti-oxidant content. Flowers are bright, violet coloured while fruit is bright red an oval in shape. Grows 3-10ft tall and wide. Prefers full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in spring before new growth begins. Prune to remove broken of damaged limbs. Extremely cold hardy to zone 3.

Fuyu Persimmon Tree

Fuyu Persimmon Tree

Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu'

Persimmons are deciduous trees that bear large, reddish-yellow fruit with firm sweet flesh. This very ornamental tree has large oval, waxy dark green leaves that fall in autumn exposing attractive edible fruit. Self-fruitful non-astringent variety. Can be eaten fresh – many other varieties require being ripened before eating. Best grown in full sun and moist, but well drained, slightly acidic soil. Grows to 30ft tall and 20ft wide. Harvest in October to November. While hardy in the Pacific Northwest, Persimmons will benefit from some winter protection from cold winds and extreme temperatures.

Ketchup and Fries Grafted Vegetable Plant

Ketchup & Fries Plant

An incredible innovation in vegetable growing. Originally from Thompson & Morgan in the UK, this unique grafted vegetable produces cherry tomatoes on top and potatoes underground. Tomatoes for snacking, salads, sauces or ketchup. Potatoes can be baked, boiled, mashed, roasted or cut for chips or fries. All natural, non-GMO. Grow it in a patio container or in your garden.

It is expected to be available at Art’s Nursery in late May or early June depending on its growth rate.

Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine

Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine

Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’

This durable easy to grow vine has thick, glossy evergreen foliage (in warmer climates) and abundant clusters of white buds that emerge in late winter. They open to highly perfumed pendulous blossoms of cream to dusky mauve. Large pink sausage like edible fruit are displayed in summer. Ideally suited for an arbor or trellis near pathways, patios or garden entrances so the attractive flowers and intoxicating fragrance can be enjoyed up close. Best grown in full to partial shade. Grows vigorously with stems up to 25ft long. Needs winter protection. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10

Dwarf Pomegranate

Dwarf Pomegranate

Punica granatum ‘Nana’

Dwarf Pomegranates are a showy dense deciduous shrub that displays attractive orange-red single flowers at an early age followed by colourful fruit. Excellent for containers or for use in the garden. A wonderful bonsai plant. Needs full sun and moderate watering. Grows 3ft tall and wide. Needs winter protection in our climate. Treat as a tender tropical, hardy in USDA zones 7-11

As always, call ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability, as our selection is always changing and quantities on some varieties may be limited.


Friday, August 16, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Thus far it has been a spectacular summer! My boot tan is coming along wonderfully as are the mosquito bites from my last camping endeavour. I think I’ll be ok if I don’t see another BBQ’d burger for a fairly long time and I’ve just finished putting 28 large Ziplock bags of blueberries away in the freezer.

Here is the list for August…and don’t feel bad if you have to hand this list over to your awesome neighbour to do while you are away camping…that’s what summer is for. Oh, one last note to the group of folks singing and playing the awesome blues slide guitar at Hicks Lake. You were amazing and the vocals pretty fantastic too. Thanks for the impromptu concert!

Here is the list:

Lawns

If you are allowing your lawn to go dormant (beige), make sure there is not much traffic on it as you will wear patches and then have to reseed in September. Thankfully we’ve had a bit of rain and some cooler weather to take a little pressure off of the watering.

dormant grass

As we get toward the end of August and beginning of September you can apply a bit of fall fertilizer if needed. This typically has higher middle and last numbers on the package. Make sure your lawn is green, not beige when your apply it. Dormant lawn won’t absorb much fertilizer.

Trees

You can get those cool watering bags from City of Surrey to use on your street trees free of charge. Check out City of Surrey webpage. I am not sure if the City of Langley or Vancouver does this but if you need something to give your young trees the best chance we also have some great tree watering bags.

You should be finishing off any light summer pruning of established fruit trees right about now. Nothing thicker than your finger and only a small amount. Summer pruning will slow growth, while winter/dormant pruning speeds it up.

Shrubs

Deadhead roses as needed. You can propagate some of your deciduous shrubs as well as some broadleaf evergreen shrubs by cuttings and layering. Water those that are showing drought stress.

Deadhead roses

 

Garden Beds

Water and deadhead and fertilize as needed. Continue to note any bare patches and take pictures to help adjust your garden design as needed. Contrary to popular belief, summer is a great time to plant - you just need to remember to water!

Fruit, Berries & Veg

It’s blackberry season!! Everybody has their own technique and protective gear for this. I favour just shorts and a t-shirt…less stuff for the thorns to get caught on.

It’s also early apple season, tomato season, and corn season to name a few things. The farmers markets are stuffed with good things right about now!

Pots and Hanging Baskets

Keep watering and fertilizing deadheading and trimming. If your hanging basket needs some tlc soak them in a shallow kiddie pool or some other container to reactivate the planting medium. Once they dry out it’s hard to get them to hold water if you water them as you regularly do, a good soak in a shallow container really helps.

summer hanging basket care

 

P.S. There is no rule that says you have to keep ugly looking baskets and planters until winter. Chuck out the ugly stuff and come by and get some beautiful new plants for the late summer and fall. Ornamental grasses and many perennials are looking gorgeous right now.

Ponds

Keep them tidy and remove fallen leaves. Make sure you have adequate coverage with floaters and oxygenators to prevent algae bloom. I believe you need about 75% surface coverage with at least part of it being with oxygenators.

pond plants

 

That should do for now. If you are so inclined, get together with your friends and make some pickles, or spicy green beans, or jams and jellies. It`s way more fun to do with friends and family.

I hear the farm God`s Little Acre has some great cucumbers for sale Friday`s and Saturdays. This farmer grows all of the produce for the food bank, the cucumbers he grows to help give him a bit of a wage. You can also go and help him pick the produce for an hour or two on Saturdays, call 604 375-1172 or email jassingh65@hotmail.com if you`d like to help out or order some cukes!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Brazelberry Collection

Deliciously Beautiful Fruits

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Small Fruits and Berries

blueberry jelly bean - brazel berry collection

Since the 1970’s, the Brazelton family of Oregon have been the pre-eminent grower of blueberries and other small fruits. Over two decades their breeding program has spawned countless new varieties. But  the best have been reserved for their new Brazel Berry Collection.

These plants are the families personal promise that these varieties will be easy to grow, dazzle the senses and tantalize the taste buds. Moreover, these plants feature exquisite ornamental qualities, amazing fruit and are suitable for growing in containers. Art’s Nursery is product to offer 3 of these exciting new berry varieties this spring.

  • Raspberry ‘Strawberry Shortcake’
  • Blueberry ‘Peach Sorbet’
  • Blueberry ‘Jelly Bean’

 

raspberry shortcake raspberry - brazel berry collection

Raspberry ‘Strawberry Shortcake’

This initial variety in the Brazelberry collection is a thornless dwarf raspberry. It has a compact, mounding habit reaching 24-36 inches in height. It’s ideally suited for large patio containers. It requires no staking, no pollination and has sturdy upright canes – without a single thorn. It also rewards gardeners and homeowners with super sweet raspberries with a slight vanilla essence in mid-summer. Fruits mid-season. Fruit appear on canes that have gone through winter dormancy. Once fruiting is finished, prune away those canes. Leave new canes to fruit next season. Best grown in full sun in neutral to slightly acidic moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in early spring.Hardy in zones 5-7.

peach sorbet blueberry - brazel berry collection

Blueberry ‘Peach Sorbet’

‘Peach Sorbet’ is a real peach of a blueberry. It offers four seasons of interest. It’s a compact blueberry with vibrant new spring growth ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald. Spring’s white bell shaped flowers will give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, peach-sweet, almost tropical tasting blueberries. In most climates, ‘Peach Sorbet’ keeps its leaves year round. If they do remain in your area, foliage colour can dramatically shift to rich eggplant purple. This blueberry is ideal as a landscape plant or even in a decorative container on your patio. Fruits mid-season. Best in full sun and acidic, moist, but well drained soils. Grows 1-2ft in height and spread. Prune away canes that have fruited. Leave new canes to fruit the following year. Hardy in zones 5-10.

blueberry jellybean - brazel berry collection

Blueberry ‘Jellybean’

‘Jelly Bean’ is a super dwarf hardy blueberry that is prolific – producing a huge crop of large flavourful berries in mid-summer. Fruit has a super-sweet flavor almost like homemade blueberry jelly. New foliage emerges brilliant green in spring, giving way to darker greens and reds throughout the summer and fall. In cooler climates, summer brings radiant red leaf edges and tips on the uniquely elongated leaves. Best grown in full sun in moist, but well drained acidic soils. Fertilize in early spring. Grows 1-2ft in height and spread. Once fruiting is complete, prune away canes that have fruited. Leave new canes to produce fruit next year.Hardy in zones 4-7.

All three of these delicious small fruits are usually available at Arts Nursery in 2013. As always, please call ahead 604.882.1201 to confirm availability. Our stock and selection is always changing. If you have any more questions about Brazel Berries or any of our small fruits please feel free to give us a call or drop by.


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