I live within walking distance of a Wyevale garden centre, and this year they have been tempting me with some interesting plants. First, there were the framberries – strawberries with a raspberry flavour. I bought two of those, and they’re currently happily resident on the patio until their final spot in the garden is ready for them.

This weekend I bought two sets of three plants – two delightful trios. The first was their Tutti Frutti tomato collection.

Tutti frutti tomatoes

These are ‘easy to grow’ (I assume, determinate) tomato plants with interesting flavours. They’re F1 hybrids, so not everyone’s cup of tea. And, in fact, we don’t particularly like fresh tomatoes in this house. I grew some cherry tomatoes last year, and Ryan’s mum picked most of them. But I was intrigued by the Tutti Frutti trio, so I thought I would give them a go. Each one is £3.99, with a 3 for 2 offer for members of the Garden Club (membership is free, so worthwhile!).

In the picture, the fruits of Cherry F1 look just like ripe cherries. It’s:

a lovely rich-red tomato with a sweet taste and nutty note. Perfect for salads.

So not particularly interesting on the flavour front, by the sounds of it, but we fancied tried the other two, so I thought I might has well get the full set.

The one that first caught my eye was Watermelon F1, a

vibrant pink-red sweet tomato gives a watermelon aftertaste when fully ripened.

As Ryan says, if he wanted watermelon flavour he’d rather eat a watermelon, but I’m intrigued.

The third is Mandarin F1,

a rich, yellow-orange tomato with a tangy taste and a citrus aftertaste when fully ripened.

So now we have three tomato plants, chilling out on the dining room table. Worst case scenario, Ryan’s parents will have some funky tomatoes for a taste test. But as Ryan says, it may turn out that we like them raw, or that they make lovely tomato sauce. So it’s not entirely nuts to have them!

Long season blueberry trio

My other trio is a long season blueberry collection. There are three varieties included, named after the month in which their berries ripen – Julia, Augusta and Septa. This collection has surfaced every few years, there are various forum posts about people who have bought it, but very few ongoing posts that say how they got on! It’s £24.99 for 3 plants in 1 litre pots.

If you don’t live near a Wyevale then there are other places to buy a long season blueberry collection. T&M’s Blueberry ‘Full Season Collection’ contains ‘Brigitta’, ‘Chandler’ and ‘Earliblue’ in 1.5 litre pots, and is currently £24.99 (normally £44.97). Suttons have a Blueberry Plants Collection with 3 varieties for harvests from early July through to late September, in 1 litre pots, for £21.99 (originally £44.97), but they also have an Ultimate Collection for £29.98 that includes the pink blueberry ‘Pink Lemonade’ as well as Rubel and Patriot.

Ryan loves blueberries, and he loves blueberry muffins even more, so he’s very happy at the prospect of a summer full of berries! Which may not happen this year of course, when the plants are young. And we will have to contrive some protection from the birds when the fruit starts to ripen, but we don’t need to worry about that yet.

Blueberry trio, potted on

They will have to live in pots, and I have potted them on into larger homes for the next little while – possibly not their final pot size, we shall see. They’re currently kickin’ it in the empty raised bed, were they get a little protection from bad weather, and as much sun as we can muster.

It’s nice to be able to make some progress in the garden, and to get outside and play with plants – for a long time now the garden has just been a project, and I’ve seen the work yet to be done more than the potential. Now that work is underway again, and we’re spending time outside, I feel like a gardener again 🙂