Here on the 8b/9a line in western Louisiana we are mid way through the blackberry season, with wild dew berries fruiting about 5-6 weeks ago, and the first of my Thornless Prime Ark Freedoms and Travelers ripening around May 1st, with the last of the PAF and PAT’s Floricane crop being harvested Memorial Day (May 28th), My Osage and Ouachita blackberries are at or near peak of harvest right now (June 1st), and the main crop of my Sweetie Pie Blackberries are approaching their prime even though I have been nibbling on early berries from them for about 2 weeks. Overall I have to say Osage has the best flavor of my Blackberries, though the size is a little smaller than my Ouachitas. All of my thornless Blackberries that I started planting in January 2016 (I planted 4-11 of each above listed variety) excluding PAF’s are doing well, I had 100% loss of 6 PAF’s the first year, replanted 5 more in 2017, am now down to 3, maybe 2 PAF’s. If these fail I will probably not replant as my PAT’s are doing well with some new primocanes that shot up to over 6 ft tall while I was out of town during mid May for 9-10 days.
I did also plant a single Triple Crown blackberry this spring (it was a bare root freebie), it was planted late and it too seems to have died.
On the blueberry side, the season has finished for my Sweet Crisp and other southern high bush varieties, with my second year in ground Brightwell being harvested this week, with a few Pink Lemonades (which probably peeked last week), as well as an unknown mature (20+ year old) rabbiteye, which has been very productive after major pruning last winter. I have a second large older unknown rabbiteye, that usually does well, but had a poor crop last year, this year while there are many berries, they are also very small, I have to wonder if this is due to cross pollinating with one of the southern highbush, as there are reports that this causes smaller fruit in rabbiteyes, and it does tend to bloom early for a rabbiteye.
To date SWD has been minimal this year, though I do expect that to change shortly, with all the hot weather (unfortunately dry weather too) that has been going on the last few weeks.