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Monday, December 31

December buddings

I wonder whether this season we will actually harvest any cherries?  Much to my disappointment we didn't get a harvest last year.  Some fruit bushes and trees on the allotment, including the cherry, are teasing me into optimism and have already produced buds. 

The new cherry - Stella - planted in a pot in the garden, however, shows no sign of any flower buds. I'm hoping that this is because it is a later variety but I have the feeling that as this is a new tree any chance of fruit from it next season is minimal.



Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

16 comments:

  1. I have noticed a few buds appearing of late to Sue. It worries me though that we could get a cold spell which will kill them all off. Fingers crossed it works out well for us this year!!

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    1. I think the buds will be OK Tanya. They are pretty resilient - it's if they open that there could be a problem.

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  2. Our Cherries produced loads of fruit this year but I'm guessing it's because they were in the Polytunnel. We put them outside after they fruited because they take up so much room. They're looking pretty frightful just now and I don't think they'll produce anything in 2013 :(
    Good luck with your fruit this coming year.

    linda
    http://thetenaciousgardener.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. The polytunnel will make all the difference Linda. Do you watch Beechgrove Gardens as they grow lots of fruit in their poltunnel? Maybe you'll end up investing in a few.

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  3. I have buds also, I am hoping for cherries this year. The three the tree produced were eaten by the birds.

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    1. It's always a race against the blackbirds for cherries awpol - once we know we have cherries we net our tree.

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  4. Fingers crossed for next year! The buds look really promising :) Really happy to have found your blog this year and looking forward to following in 2013. Best Wishes! Anna B

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    1. Thanks Anna, Fingers crossed indeed. I shall be interested to see what you get up to in 2013 too!

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  5. Bloomin' blasted Stella has been the tease of my life! We have had blossoms every year and fruit this year but the blasted tree dropped them all just as they were greating perfectly ripe and delicious looking. Oh how I shaked my fist!!! The tree has been moved this year out of necessity onto the other plot but I still have hope, always with the hope..... let me know if you discover any secrets ;)

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    1. Oh dear I had high hopes from Stella. She's in a large tub by the garden greenhouse. Mine is on a dwarfing rootstock. Maybe it din't like the weather this year as lots of our trees aborted their fruit! It WILL be better next year!

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  6. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for cherries in 2013 too, I didn't manage to harvest one this year, and that was after such a great harvest in 2011. Thank you for your friendship this year, I've appreciated your many, helpful comments on my blog, and I've enjoyed reading your intersting posts. All the very best for 2013.

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    1. I've enjoyed keeping up with you too Jo and hope 2013 is the year of the cherry. 2012 was year of the raspberry!

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  7. I didn't get any cherries this year either. But next year....ah, next year I'll be drowning in the little blighters. Well, you can hope can't you! but I do plan to swaddle the tree in netting to keep dem pesky squirrels off, and pesky birds too.

    Next year is bound to be better. Happy New Year

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    1. Here's hoping Woody - definitely netting to ward off blackbirds for us. Happy New Year

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  8. The emerging Blackberry bud looks (to me!) like a young dragon! :)

    I haven't been out to inspect the fruit trees - it's been raining all the time - but I'm also hoping for a good fruit season in 2013. In 2012 my Conference Pear produced no fruit at all, so by rights 2013 ought to be really good. I read somewhere that pears sometimes adopt a biennial habit, so we shall see...
    P.S. Are you sure the Blackcurrant is OK? Round-shaped buds like that are sometimes the sign of Big Bud Mite (qv)

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    1. Well I'm not going to edit the photo Mark!

      I'll check the blackcurrant when I am next on the plot - to be honest it may not be a blackcurrant!

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