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Each year I plant tomatoes of all sorts, cucumbers, green and hot peppers, herbs, beets, and kale, peas, beans and the like.  All of these, except for some of the herbs, are annual.  A few years ago I decided I wanted some perennial things too.  We have a Macintosh apple tree that gives us all the amazing juice and fabulous applesauce that we and all of our friends can handle.  The tree is beautiful in the spring, bountiful in the late summer, and delicious in the tummy.  I had fun making labels for bottles and jars to give to family and friends.  I needed more fruits!

apple tree  in spring

apple tree in spring

apples in summer

apples in summer

apple in tummy

apples in frig

A friend was going to get blueberry bushes.  I love blueberries!  We ordered them together.  I have very heavy dense soil so while I was waiting for delivery I added a lot of sphagnum peat to help improve the drainage.  I had room for 3 plants and chose 1 early, 1 mid-blooming, and 1 late variety to be sure I had cross-pollination, berries for as long as possible through the summer, and did not get them all at once.  They are planted along my sidewalk and will grow into a very nice shrub row.  They have their white flowers in the spring, attract the birds all summer, and the leaves turn a bright red in the fall. There are many varieties to choose from and you will have nice choice from 6 footers to ground covers if you live from zone 3 to zone 10.  Although the variety I have (hardy to zone 4) need a cold winter temperature for a good while, I was concerned about the plants because of the sub-zero temps and mountains of snow we had this winter.  The piles along the walks and drive have never been so high.  Last year I got several bowls of berries from each plant but this year I have enough for pies, scones, cobblers (I made a wonderfully smoky blueberry crumble on my charcoal grill), and friends.  The bushes did great under the insulating blanket of snow.

blues in winter

blues in winter

blues in summer

blues in summer

blues in tummy

blues in scones

It is a great morning when I can go out to the front yard with my bowl of Special-K and pick berries to top it off.   YUM!  Then I sit on the front porch, in my bare feet, enjoy my homegrown breakfast, and watch the birds play in the bath and at the feeders.  I get myself ready for the day with breakfast, coffee, and a nice chat with the neighbors on their early morning walk with the dog.

I hope you enjoy your morning too!

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