Liv Fruitful with Livi Lou! She is currently breeding strawberries, developing a garden product, trialing plants and researching the history of heirloom fruit varieties. She writes about unique perennials and fruit plants, so that you can grow an ornamental fruit garden.


Lavender Phenomenal
by Livi Lou - posted 08/19/16

In continuation of the “How’s it Growing?” theme month, we’ll be taking a look at the lavender variety ‘Phenomenal.’  Just in case you can’t tell by the name, it’s supposed to be the best ornamental lavender ever!

I had heard about Lavender Phenomenal, but I didn’t venture to try planting it until this Spring.  Disregarding the one English Lavender variety that has survived for ten years in my garden, I have not had much luck when planting any new lavender plants.

When I saw Lavender Phenomenal at Oakland Nursery, it was already larger than what I could hope any new lavender plant could become.  It was a gallon pot instead of the usual 4 inch pot.

Here it is upon first planting it:

Lavender Phenomenal is supposed to be hardy to Zone 5 (-20F) with little winter die-back and tolerant to heat and humidity.  It is supposed to bloom powerfully throughout the entire Summer and into Fall.  So far it has been prolific in growth and blooms.  Here it is a few days ago:

Phenomenal is a hybrid lavender (lavendula x intermedia) and will not be as sweet tasting as culinary lavenders (lavendula x angustifolia), but it seems promising to those who dream of lavender fields and have never been able to successfully grow lavender before.  


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Crimson Night Raspberry
by Livi Lou - posted 08/12/16

Continuing the 'How's it Growing?' theme month, this post shows how the Crimson Night raspberry is progressing this season.  Crimson Night is the 'sister plant' to Double Gold.  This dark wine-colored raspberry variety was also bred by Dr. Courtney Weber of Cornell University.

The below photo shows Crimson Night next to Double Gold this spring.

Here it is a few days ago. 

It will take another season to fill out the contianer, but the canes are healthy and are already producing flowers. I eagerly await the very first berries this Fall.  Stay tuned in February for Febru-berry, when I'll update you on the Crimson Night berries!


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New Brazelberries: dwarf blackberry and blueberries
by Livi Lou - posted 08/05/16

Brazelberries breeds ornamental berry varieties, including Jelly Bean and Raspberry Shortcake.  Raspberry Shortcake is one of our Liv Fruitful varieties for ease of growing, beauty and unique tasting berries.  You can see this variety upclose in my video about it. 

This year Livi Lou Garden welcomes three new Brazelberries, including two new Brazelberries family members.  We've added Perpetua, the world's first double cropping blueberry bush, and Baby Cakes, a dwarf blackberry variety.  As I mention in my video, the plants you get at your local nursery will always be larger than what arrives through the mail.  Keep an eye out for Baby Cakes and Perpetua Spring 2017 at your local nursery.

The below photo shows Baby Cakes when it arrived this Spring.  These new additions were fairly small in size.


However, as the below photo shows, they are growing nicely.   From left to right: Baby Cakes, Perpetua and the blueberry Peach Sorbet.



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