Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

White Blackberries comming along!

In a quick update here are a couple of pics of some of the white blackberry plants growing on the farm. The will not bloom or set fruit this year as they are just getting up and started and storing energy, but they are growing along very well and looking good. The single plant picture is of the infamous "snowbank", quite possibly the most expensive blackberry plant ever purchased by the time I paid for all the inspections and certifications and shipping from California, but I cannot thank my friend enough for sending it to me, she is beautiful, but incredibly thorny, I'm talking thorns on the underneath of the leaf margins even.

The other two plants were bought from an online retailer, interesting backstory. I'll discuss them more in the future, needless to say as is obvious from the photos, they are not "snowbank" and nor do I believe them to likely be "iceberg" but it is possible.


gabrielm said...

Wow! I am been searching for the elusive snowbank for some time now. Can you give away any hints on where to pick one up? I have an affinity for rare plants and would love one for the home garden.

As for the other plants - do you suspect them to be the wild off-white variety?

Bishops Homegrown said...

Hey Gabrielm, shoot me an e-mail at about aquiring the snowbank.

I don't believe the other plants to be the "crystal white" in particular. I think if anything there are one of three possibilities. Either some unknown Burbank like breeder was making the rounds and came up with a seperate accession and never introduced it publically or Burbank had other unnamed lines, The other distinct possibility is that these plants actually came from around Gainsville Florada where there are purportedly stands of snow white wild blackberries.

Taby said...

How do white blackberries taste? I'm a fan of most all berries! :)

Bishops Homegrown said...

Have not had the oporotunity to taste them yet as they have not yet begun to bear, though they should this year. I just pruned them back yesterday hoping for a heavier/larger fruit set this season. With any luck it'll be enough to try some whole, in jam/jelly, and possibly in some white blackberry wine.

Woodwife said...

Any update on these? I'm really curious about white blackberries.

Bishops Homegrown said...

Sure thing, they are blooming (in one of the recent picture posts I posted a picture of them blooming) and now are setting on fruit, quite a heavy yield from what I can see thus far. Once I am caught up a bit and have time to take some pics I'll do another blog on them. Planning on making white blackberry wine of a good portion of them.