Yesterday I devoted my afternoon to reading 'A taste of the Unexpected' from cover to cover. This is a beautiful book full of rich descriptions & gorgeous pictures.
The main idea of the book is to grow things which are unusual, expensive or unobtainable, & I have to say I'm completely convinced. So much so that last night I put in an order for a variety of interesting things including a Japanese Wineberry bush. I can't wait for it to be delivered. My plans for raspberries have been thrown out the window & instead their patch will contain the aforementioned Wineberry, Blue Honeysuckle, Chilean Guava, Alpine Strawberries & possibly an Autumn Olive. Other than the Wineberry & Alpine Strawberries I've had to postpone buying them until later this year, but I've already been outside designing the space & imagining what the new treasures will look like in their future home.
My conversion didn't stop at fruit. I also ordered some veg seeds. Violeta Globe Artichokes & Kai Lan will soon join my J.A.'s in the newly renamed perennial veg bed (previously flower bed). & as soon as they are available I'm adding Egyptian Walking Onions & either Szechuan Pepper or Carolina Allspice.
For the first taste of something to be from fruit or veg that I have grown myself is a pleasure I can't wait to experience. This year Broad Beans, next year the fruit of the Blue Honeysuckle.
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