late blueberries lacking quality
Strange season, this one. Blueberries started out very good but they've really flattened out and are bland and making me blue. Frost eliminated most of my summer tree fruit so I am disappointed to be once again disappointed.
Elliot is ripening about a month early but the fruit is barely worth picking and some unseen insect (I'm thinking wasp) is slashing fruit and making them soft and mushy. No worms inside damaged fruit though (thus, the wasp theory). Berkley is usually very high quality, but not this year.
I don't know if it's the high heat but we aren't breaking records here the way it is in much of the middle of the country. I've had better berries in just as hot of weather but maybe it's the combination or crazy early spring with the heat that is the problem. Rabbiteyes would probably do better on a season like this then the later highbush varieties.