Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why I love gardening

because the results are so sweet.

Two little twigs of raspberry bushes that I purchased for less than $5 from Aldi last year have transformed into a monstrous raspberry-producing machine. Almost every day I make a trip to the bushes (which have combined their powers into 1 mega bush, it seems) to collect the day's worth of berries. They never make it very far into my kitchen, however, as I've discovered many treats are much better with raspberries atop them. 

And it always amazes me how the bushes grow and spread. They begin like any other twig from the ground. They grow nice and straight up towards the sky. And then, when you're not looking, they do something crazy. New branches begin to grow from the soil... making you think it's a separate plant, or maybe a weed. But no, it's the same bush, growing and expanding. And soon, your tiny, cheap Aldi plant has overtaken its ground. I'd say it has grown like a weed, but alas, weeds don't produce yummy berries.


Jen S. said...

Mmmm! They look delicious!

waitingforcider said...

soon you'll have enough to start making things... raspberry sorbet, berry cobblers, smoothies... the possibilities are endless!

Anonymous said...

Don't you love fresh fruit picked
right from the bush-no insecticides
or preservatives!
Nature's best food!
Plus that photo is frame-worthy.
Beautiful photography, Jen.