Home grown fruit

When my daughters were young, we spent many July mornings picking raspberries from canes my mother gave me from canes her mother gave her.  To this day, my little berry pickers do not remember this fondly.

So I was surprised and a bit relieved when our daughter, Amie said her favorite fruit was raspberries.  We were sitting at a picnic table near Bear Lake, Utah enjoying raspberry milkshakes and a break from helping our daughter and new husband Shane unpack into their new home in Logan. They are missing their home in Pullman, Washington and the Cougar football team.  We reminded each other that at one point, during her first summer in Pullman, Amie had wailed over the phone, “They can’t grow raspberries here!”

We drove to the top of the mountain which has a spectacular view of Bear Lake and the valley below along with the usual informational signs about geology, history, etc . . .  (Sorry about no pictures.  As often happens when I am having too much fun, I forget to take them.)  One of the signs explained the mystery of the myriad of raspberry products advertised in the town below. According to the sign, raspberries (Rubus. idaeus subsp. Strigosus) are native to this area, and Theodore Hildt helped to develop many of the cultivars we currently grow in our gardens.

My grandmother’s early summer raspberries succumbed to root rot in my previous garden. Thankfully, I had given some canes to my friend, Carol and she returned the favor as an anniversary gift when we moved to Whidbey.  I also grow ‘Amity’  a fall-bearing cultivar whose berries look even more beautiful along with the fall foliage.



WSU extension has many resources for raspberry growers.  Here’s one: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/cepublications/eb1640/eb1640.html



  1. Looks like you were right -doing chores did not in fact ruin my life. And now I even garden myself!

    Comment by Amie — September 19, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  2. Music to a mother’s ears – I didn’t ruin your appetite for berries or gardening!

    Comment by Deborah — September 20, 2011 @ 9:09 am

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