I have a love hate relationship with rabbits. I love them because I love wild animals in general but also because my son REALLY loves bunnies. I hate rabbits because they like to eat everything to the point where I cannot really grow flowers or anything with soft stems or leaves in the ground. I have resorted to many contraptions over the years to keep these pests out and the only one that has stuck is chicken wire around a plant, problem is this is pretty ugly! I went from having about 50 little chicken wire cages to accepting that I can grow pretty flowers/edible food in either raised beds, containers or in my greenhouse. I feel very liberated now that I have accepted this.
So fast forward to today, and I am satisfied with my setup. When thinking about what I am going to plant in my large pots this year I have decided that instead of annual flowers in all the pots I would like to plant fruit bushes and other edible options. This means I can keep these plants in their pots over winter and this means less work for me as well. I already have lots of blueberries (yes there are chicken wire cages around them) and raspberries as well (clearly too painful for the rabbits to eat) so today I went on an expedition to my favorite garden center Molbaks in Woodinville to see what options I have available. They stock super interesting and unique plants which I would struggle to find anywhere else. Here are the options available to me:
Sugar Mountain Strawberry Honeysuckle - Where has this plant been all my life? Easier to grow and healthier than blueberries? I will take two thank you!
Carmine Jewel Dwarf Cherry - Wow, a bush cherry tree? This sounds amazing and I would love to get one but by the time I am catching a plane ride to my new home in 2020 I will miss the 20 - 30 pounds of fruit!
I was looking for some columnar apples but I think I am too late this year to get them. These are perfect for growing in a pot and as they only grow on the mainstem you really can keep these in small spaces. In fact they would be perfect for an apartment balcony!
So I am going to get 2x Sugar Mountain Strawberry Honeysuckle plants and I will save a pot for the columnar apple tree...done!