Wednesday, April 25

At risk of becoming boring ...

At the risk of becoming boring I'm going to write yet another post about fruit! At the moment the fruit beds are the areas on the plot that fill me with hope! At least being permanent plants they haven't suffered too much from our enforced plot absence. The fruit will actually enjoy the rain - that is as long as it doesn't reduce bee activity.

This is probably one of the best views of our plot at the moment.
It's just a pity that we can't sit out with a coffee and enjoy it! I hope the pear blossom has been productive.

The apple blossom is on the point of putting on a show.
Even the early strawberry plants are trying to ignore the awful weather with the odd valiant flower.
Our raspberry Glencoe - the one with purple fruits - is in bud. If you look carefully at the first photo of this post you may be able to make out Glencoe's arching canes in the middle of the bed immediately behind the pear trees. Here's a closer view.
Finally the quince has produced lots of flower buds so we are hoping for a good crop - we developed quite a taste for quince after we picked our first fruits last year.
I bet you've noticed all the dandelions in these photos which is a sign that we also need some dry weather so the grass can be mown again.


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  1. I've noticed a few of my strawberry plants putting out a few flowers too. They're rather soggy in all this rain though.

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    1. It is soggy , Jo and we have tickets for the Harrogate Flower Show for tomorrow - will we need wellies?

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  2. I'm still waiting very impatiently for my new strawberry plants to arrive.

    The fruit is all looking great...I have lots of blossom on my pear tree so I hope you have the same success.
    Oh and I hadn't noticed the dandelions as I was too busy looking at the fruit...but once you mentioned it i had to go back for another look..lol

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    1. The pears have had plenty of blossom, Tanya but will it have set fruit! Are the strawberries late fruiters - I'd start hassling them!

      Plenty more dandelions too!

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  3. those raspberries look so well tamed, purple berries - awesome!

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    1. The purple raspberry is clump forming Kirsty which means you only need one plant which sends out long canes. We got quite a lot of fruit from it last year.

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  4. I know you can get water-chestnuts, so do you think there is such a thing as a water-strawberry? If so, they might become popular in the UK in the next few weeks...

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    1. We once had water mint in our pond too, Mark. Maybe we ought to try to create one. What shall we cross the strawberry with?

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  5. We still haven't got our main crop potatoes in...... getting a bit worried?

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  6. Hello Muddy and welcome. I think everyone os a bit behind this year.

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  7. Your plot is looking great Sue and I wouldn't worry - I'm not sure fruit can ever get boring can it?

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    1. Fruit is never boring for me Liz but maybe not everyone shares this view :)

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  8. So much things to look forward too in your garden. Dandelions making a strong comeback here too with the cool weather.

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    1. We have ribbons of yellow dandelions growing alongside the motorway Diana. The seeds are maybe swept along by passing cars.

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  9. The fruit looks lovely. How long did you wait for the quince to fruit?

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    1. Hi Gardening Shoe and welcome The quince was planted in early spring 2010 and did have about three fruits that year but we didn't really know when they were ripe and consequently picked them too early so they weren't much good. Last year 2011 we harvested about eight fruits whcih were delicious.

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  10. Fruit trees are beauties. I love quince in flower so you'll hopefully show yours when it flowers. I've come around to accepting dandelions as part of the garden - I have so many (and each year more and more).

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    1. I'll try and remember Kelli. I did have a canvas print made from a photo of a flower. I have a photo of it on my web page here Actually dandleion are quite pretty in their own right but just too invasive!

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  11. Not boring at all! Just shows how much hard work you have put in previously.

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    1. Seems there are few other things on the plot to post about at the moment BW

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