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The blackberries are waking up. It seems the thorned varieties are growing like crazy while my thornless varieties have not reached their full potential.Image

You can see from the photo above that the thornless varieties are thriving but not as vigorous as the thorned varieties. The three blackberries from right to left are Triple Crown. The blackberry on the far left is the Black Satin, which experienced some die back. It too has new growth, but I may end up replacing it, if the plant appears to struggle again.


Pictured above is the Marionberry and behind it is a thorned Boysenberry. The plants have exploded with new growth.


The Olallie has made some progress but is not as vigorous as the Boysenberry or Marionberry.

There is a new thick primocane coming up on one of my Triple Crown Blackberries. I would like to see four or five more come out just like it.

Some more primocanes coming from another Triple Crown Blackberry.

Ripening Marionberries.

Triple Crown blackberry blossoms.


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The Blackberries are awakening and showing signs of life. The Black Satin Blackberry had some issues and there was some die off on three of the four canes. The fourth cane seems to be happy with new growth on it, but I will keep a careful eye to see if there will be some future issues. If you want to see a before and after of how far these plants came along, just scroll down a few stories to see when they were planted. You can click on the photos to make them much bigger. Double-clicking makes them give the finest detail.

You can see the brown canes that have died off. They were very small and week to begin with. There is one healthy cane that has new growth on the bottom, and further up on the blackberry cane.

Some new growth up 5 feet from the base of the Black Satin Blackberry.

Some new growth on the Olallieberry. I am quite surprised how fast this berry has adapted to being transplanted. There is a Kiowa Blackberry in the white bag sitting in wet sawdust chips for two months. I should transplant it to a pot at least. I don’t have any room to plant it at the moment. Maybe a backup if the Black Satin Blackberry dies?

The newly planted Marionberry is taking off too. With new growth coming from the base as well as new growth coming from the existing canes. You can see the Thornless Boysenberry in the background establishing new canes.

The Thorned Boysenberry is beginning to sprawl over the yard. I propped some of the canes over a shovel to keep the new growth from getting scorched on the hot ground. Once the canes are long enough, I will attach them to the trellis. Yes, you can see a bunch of Anna Apples in the lower right corner.

The Triple Crown Blackberries are the last of my berries to show any signs of growth. Seems like they wanted to sleep in this year.

Another close up view of the Triple Crown Blackberry growth. I should see a few berries this year.

Some more growth on another of my Triple Crown Blackberries.

Another view of the thorned blackberry patch. (Thorned Boysenberry, Marionberry, Olallieberry)

The Baba Red Raspberry is in a pot, but has managed to give me a handful of berries. I need to find a place for this berry. The flavor is awesome.

This a temporary home for this Baba Red Raspberry. I just need to keep it alive until the fall.

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Planted the Marionberry and Olallieberry and pounded in the trellis to support them. I hope there is enough room for the semi Dwarf Anna Apple Tree and the berry bushes. I think I will be trimming heavily over the next few years.

The Olallieberry will be trained against our outdoor dog enclosure, which our dog only uses during the heat of the summer. At least the plant will provide shade for her.

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I worked a couple of hours today, adding another two blackberry plants that are in the ground, (not in pots). That makes 6 blackberries that have escaped death because I sometimes buy the plants with all of the intention of planting them until a heat wave comes along and kills them. I planted an Ollalie Blackberry that was purchased from Walter Anderson’s nursery in Poway and a Marionberry that was purchased last fall at Home Depot. I also have three Triple Crown Blackberries and 1 Black Satin Blackberry that were planted last summer.  I have 5 varieties of berries planted with one more hole to dig tomorrow for a Boysenberry plant. That will be 6 varities TOTAL!  If you want a sure fire blackberry for Southern California, it has to be a Boysenberry. It is what made Knott’s Berry Farm famous.

In order for me to plant the Ollalieberry, I had to move a stack of firewood against our outdoor dog enclosure. It wasn’t too long after digging that discovered three irrigation pipes and an a low voltage irrigation wire. I gently dug around them for a few minutes and planted the Ollalieberry in my desired location. The Marionberry was planted about 5 feet away. This time I hit a drainage pipe and a large chunk of concrete. Again, I managed to dig around the obstacles to plant the Marionberry. I have to dig the third hole for the Boysenberry and then pound two 7 foot steel T-stakes for the trellis support. I will be sore tomorrow.

I also decided to get rid of my junk that has piled up. One of my lawn mowers that has seen better days will be donated to a lawn mower repair company, a kiddy pool and a really old toddler swing will be thrown out too. We have 2 planted climbing roses that have seen better days. They old roses will be chopped up and the pots will be cleaned and replanted with something fresh and new.  Hopefully, I will remember to take pictures and have the energy to post them tomorrow. You can double click on the photos below to get more detail.

Moved some firewood to get the Ollalieberry location right. As the plant grows, the tarp will be trimmed to expose the chain link that will be used to tie the canes upright.
I had to move the rocks from our fake stream bed to dig the hole for this poor Marionberry who was kept in a pot for 6 months. A trellis will be installed tomorrow to hold the canes off the ground.

Some of the junk I spoke of hiding behind the Anna Apple. It will be gone tomorrow!

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I mentioned in other posts that I had planted a Boysenberry plant outside the fence line. I had good intentions until the ground squirrels kept chewing through my drip irrigation lines. After many repairs, I simply gave up on the little guy. With my renewed interest in berries, I have been feeling a little more guilt each day about neglecting my forgotten child. It has not been watered in three years but it manages to survive 100+ temps during the summer. Yesterday, I filled up a water can and filled the trench with water and the ground took it up very quickly. I will continue to hand water this plant until the fall. I will dig him up and find a more suitable place in the yard. The only real issue, is that this berry has thorns and “he” bites. With regular watering and access to fertilizer, this berry will be a monster in a few years. Boysenberries originated in Northern California and most San Diego growers will tell you that this plant is almost fool proof.

For those of you that do not know, the Boysenberry almost suffered the same fate as the plant that I own now.  A Mr. George Darrow from the USDA investigated reports of a red/purple berry growing on the farm of Rudolph Boysen. I guess Rudolph experimented with different varieties and he crossed a European Raspberry with a Loganberry and a common blackberry. (I have no clue how he did this.) Any way, Mr Darrow contacted A Walter Knott, (Yep, the same Knott of “Knott’s Berry Farm”), who was considered a local berry expert at the time. Together they paid a visit and asked about the berry. To their disappointment, Mr. Boysen explained that he gave up on berries a while back and the old farm was in a terrible state of disrepair. When Darrow and Knott went to the old farm, they found just a few very frail vines in a field of weeds. Knot transported some the plants back to Buena Park and the rest is history. The Boysenberry made Knott very wealthy and we now have the entertainment park today. I think it is cool that he at least named the berry after the originator. With recent advances in horticulure, there is a thornless variety now. It is a solid performer, but it is not as productive as the thorny variety. I guess their is a trade off.

Here are some pictures of the neglected child. These were taken with my Sony Bloggie, so they are not as detailed as some of my other photos. Click on the picture for more detail.


My neglected Boysenberry is not getting some attention.

Boysenberry - thorned

These new suckers or shoots will start my new plants in the fall. As of now, I have two of them that are coming up healthy and dark green.

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