Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gooseberries

My maternal grandmother had a large gooseberry bush in her back yard.  We loved them when they were ripe!  I only remember eating them fresh, but I'm sure Grandma must have done other things with them.  Hopefully, my mother will leave a comment telling us all about it!  ;-)
 
I was just reading an interesting post about gooseberries by Margaret at A Way to Garden that includes a scrumptious sounding recipe for Gooseberry Foole! 
 
If you aren't growing them now, you might think about them as you re vamp your gardens this Fall.  Gooseberries are a lovely replacement for forsythia.  They have bright yellow blooms in early spring, along with an edible crop of berries in Late Summer or Early Fall.  You've actually seen photos of them on my blog before.
 
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The small yellow flowers left of the tulip happens to be a stray gooseberry stem. 
 
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Can you see them in this bouquet with iris?  Aren't they pretty?  I love using them in flower arrangements even when they are not blooming.  The woody stems make an excellent base for large blossoms like peonies and sunflowers.
 
It's time to begin planning for Autumn garden additions.  Are you looking at adding some shrubs this fall?  Consider gooseberries!
 
;-)  -Marci
 


6 comments:

  1. Hi Marci! Your flower pictures are always so pretty :) And thanks for sharing the sweet memories about the gooseberries and your grandmother. Have a great day!

    Hugs!

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  2. I have gooseberrie bushes down near my creek! I think the birds eat all of the berries!

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  3. Hi Marci! I love gooseberries...but for some reason I don't know that much about them:) My Aunt had gooseberry bushes and she always made delicious jam:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  4. I have actually made gooseberry jam once but they were canned. I would love to have some in my yard! Will they grow in the west? Thanks for posting on Four Seasons Blog Hop. From Sandra @ Scrumptilicious 4 You!

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  5. beautiful, I've never had a gooseberry. My husband's Mother used to make huckleberry jam when he was a boy. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! ♥

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