Saved this when they were demolishing the neighbour’s garden. Have them in pots until I can free up space to plant safely. Main problem is goosberry sawfly which pretty uch strip them bare every year despite our daily checks. Miss one day and you can come out to a bald plant! WHen the neighbour had it the bushes were so huge the caterpillars could eat loads and still leave planty of leaf so they were always full of gooseberries which I used to have handfuls of for breakfast. Really delicious and not sour like childhood ones.
Don’t know the variety but it matches the description of Ribes uva-crispa ’Whinham’s Industry’ (Gooseberry ’Whinham’s Industry’)
’Whinham’s Industry’ is a fast growing deciduous shrub, with throny stems bearing deeply lobed leaves, inconspicuous green and pink-flushed flowers. This variety produces good quality smooth small-medium red fruits in summer.
This planting is in the Mixed tubs garden .
Collected from the wild.
Latest Milestone Fruiting
Fruiting day 4103
Flowering day 4056
Burst into flower quickly after 3 loads of snow delayed the start of Spring in the garden.
Harvesting day 1569
saved frow sawflies long enough to fruit this year, delicious.
1.0 x cup
Under Attack day 1516
3 Sawfly caterpillars quikly spotted, I suspect Sparrows must have eaten the rest as usually there are 50 at a time.
Setting Fruit day 1499
Flowering day 1484
Looking well, lots of leaf, no sawfly damage. I expect the strong winds have kept them at bay.