Blog posts are coming thick and fast at the moment. So much is happening on my patch, it is the time of year when the garden is most productive.
All this soft fruit is ready all at once. Collectively known here as 'Summer Fruits'
I think a spoonful of this is headed into a smoothie (I'm not a great fan!) the rest will, of course, be put into a Summer Pudding.
Loganberries are amazing! Just once a year I cut back the current year's shoots and tie in next years. About 10 minutes work and that's all I have to do in a whole year! These loganberries are growing in a shady corner under the bramley tree so the birds haven't discovered them yet.
is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. It was originaly bred by an American Lawyer James Harvey Logan
in the early 20th century. Until now I thought that it was usually too sharp to eat raw, and I always cooked them. Until yesterday... I had forgotten these and they have stayed on the stem and properly ripened to a darker pink colour. The taste is wonderfully sweet and rich! Not all of them survived to be cooked!!
I have just a few small strawberries left, gooseberries are not good this year due to sawfly and drought. Raspberries are brilliant because I have been making sure they are well watered. Blackcurrants are good because they enjoyed the cold Winter, as did the redcurrants.
I just picked these over, gave them a very short rinse and with a spoonful of sugar put them in the microwave for just 5 minutes. Heaven!