Thursday, May 10

At least something is looking as though it will crop!

I know I've gone on a bit about fruit lately but to be honest with progress on the vegetable front being very slow it's really the main area on progress at the plot.

I mentioned strawberries and the kiwi in my last post but they aren't the only fruits that are making progress.

I am happy to report that fruit has set on the pear trees.
Despite the terrible weather the plucky little pollinators must have been doing their stuff. Maybe the bees put on an extra woolly jumper. Let's hope they stick around to start on the apple trees that are now in full flower.

I hope those of you who keep thinking our plot is very neat and tidy have noticed the weeds!

The quince flowers are just beginning to open too and this year there are lots more. The tree is in its third year so maybe due for a reasonable harvest. Here's hoping! If all the flowers do set fruit I guess I really ought to do some thinning but will I be able to bring myself to do it?
It's a bit too early to tell how much of the cherry blossom set well but there are the tell tale green mini fruitlets showing in the centre of some of the faded blossom.
The rhubarb is thriving so lots of pies, crumbles and tarts! This is just one of our rhubrab patches.
Looks like we will be grateful of all the rhubarb as the plum and greengages have stayed true to their inclination to crop biennially. We are paying for large year's bounty by a very lean year. Maybe the word lean is too optinistic as I couldn't find any signs of fruit having set! What do ALL the trees crop the same year though? It's not as if they were all planted during the same year. 

Bush and cane fruit are also doing well but that is for another day!

PS - Don't foget to enter the fruit anagram competition here

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  1. I've had plenty of blossom on my fruit trees and bushes but I haven't checked to see if there is any fruit yet....I keep praying we don't get a frost to knock off all the beautiful blossoms on the apple trees. Maybe i will have a closer look this weekend to see what's really going on!!

    Your rhubarb patch is impressive...i only have a small bit and haven't decided what i will do with it yet!!

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    1. The plums were the exception to the prolific blossom, Tanya. AS for rhubarb there are about four roots in that clump and we have several others scattered about in various places.

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  2. That is one heck of a rhubarb patch!

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  3. I had a quick look at my cherry tree yesterday too, I can't see much sign of the fruit to come, though there wasn't as much blossom on the tree as there was last year either. I've got more flowers on the strawberry plants though, I hope the frost keeps away.

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    1. Maybe your cherry is mimicking my plu Jo

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  4. That is a lot of rhubarb. My mum and dads plum trees crop each year but always one year heavily, the next lightly. I think they do have to good sense to alternate which one though. Give yours a good talking too - perhaps they can be reformed.

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    1. I'll have to try that strategy, Liz

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  5. I really want a cherry tree now.... And just how do you supersize your rhubarb like that? It's enormous!!!

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    1. That's what happens when you live in the middle of the triangle FRG!

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  6. How exciting I never seen how pear fruit develop looks like. I think for my standard your plot still look neat and tidy.

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    1. I just hope that they continue to develop Diana

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