Well, they may well be eating strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, washed down with champagne…but I’ve got nothing to complain about!
My little 5 foot by 7 foot studio (workshop) takes up about a quarter of my tiny postage stamp of a back garden but I believe in making that little patch of soil work for me! Over the last 12 years or so I have planted a rhubarb crown (divided many times since and shared around!), a thorn less blackberry, 2 blackcurrant bushes, 3 red current bushes, 5 blueberry bushes, a gooseberry bush (which is yet to bear fruit so it had better watch out!), a little herb garden with 4 types of mint in pots, 2 types of thyme, chives, marjoram, sage, rosemary, bergamot, horseradish and angelica. This summer I have also planted out in pots 4 tomato plants and 2 courgette plants. But as you gardeners out there would know…the raspberry cane I bought about 4 years ago hasn’t stayed where it was planted!! This year – because I have been too busy with Solunar Silver Studio to do much maintenance in the garden I left the raspberry runners to do much as they wanted and they have crept through the soil unchallenged and taken over the whole place!! …their days are numbered – but not before I take all the lovely fruit off of them.
Over the past few days, as the weather here in England has been warming up more and more, I have taken to wandering out of my studio between silver fusing activities to have a bit of a break and I have indulged myself by plucking a handfull of raspberries straight off the plant and popping them in my mouth – still warm from the sun and oh, so fragrant! What little treasures!
Today the weather has been really hot and heavy as we wait for the promised thunder storm to break. For lunch I sat on my tiny 2 flag stone ‘patio’ under my little strip of canopy and sipped a cup of tea. As I drank I looked over to the straggly raspberry area and saw how many raspberries had ripened over night. A little more than a handful I can tell you! – so after I had finished my tea I collected a plastic punnet from the kitchen and began to pick. There was hardly a breath of wind and the heat from the sun was making the sweet aroma from the raspberries hang in the air – quite intoxicating! It took me about a quarter of an hour to seek out the majority of the ripened fruit and by the time I had finished my fingers were running red with the raspberry juice. How delightful the simple things in life can be!!
There will be a few more punnets of raspberries before this year’s crop is exhausted and then we will move onto the blackberries, which are currently still green, and so on through the summer.
I will make something of the raspberries this evening to eat after dinner – but much of this year’s bumper crop will end up as jam – to continue to delight the senses throughout the winter. Nothing can beat the intensity of flavour of home made raspberry jam!
I will uproot many of the raspberry runners after the crop has finished and share them around so that others can enjoy the same experience next year. I know my 6 year old granddaughter and her 8 yer old brother are fascinated by the whole process of soft fruit growing (and eating!!) so I will definitely be giving some to their Mum to plant!
My Dad learned all about gardening from his Dad and I learned from him…now it’s my turn to pass the baton down to the next generation or two! That’s how life is!