Saturday, 8 March 2014

Tree following - 2014

I saw this on a few blogs a while back, I popped over to Lucy's blog  Loose and Leafy Lucy runs this lovely idea. The idea being that you pick a tree & follow it through the year, taking notice of the changes & how each season affects your tree. As usual I kind of forgot about it until I noticed bloggers posting about their chosen trees.

I emailed Lucy last night as I had a tree in mind & asked if I could still take part. And I had a very nice email back saying yes, so here I am with my tree, Please forgive my terrible photos. I just point & aim, if I get an image I can see & like, that pleases me no end. I was so excited to get started I nipped out this morning & started clicking, then the battery went dead so the camera is now charging. It was only when I uploaded the photos I realised (& these were the best) two were the wrong way round & it wont let me change them!

My Greengage tree -





It is a new tree planted last year in a half whisky barrel. I have a small garden & numerous fruit tees & pots are the only way for me to have trees in the garden.

I have such high hopes for this tree, greengage jam is one of my favourites a taste of childhood if you will.

It was after carefully planting the tree which was bought on a whim that I realised Greengage is more suited to warmer areas of this country. Chilly North Wales might not suit it so well!

Anyway as you can just make out it has buds on it so I must be doing something right!

Enjoy your day, I'm off now to hint for a nice new camera, an easy one I can use.

46 comments:

  1. That will be a great way to monitor the growth of your tree.

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    1. That's why I picked it, I did have my eye on a Hawthorn I pass on my way to work. The Greengage is far easier to keep an eye on.

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  2. We have two greengages on our allotment in Yorkshire that do very well - they tend to have a good crop every other year like our plums but the fruits are delicious.

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    1. Oh good, I'm pleased to read that. If I get anything off it it will be a bonus. A couple of pots of jam is all I'm asking from it.

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    2. We eat ours straight from the tree the fruit is so sweet. Which variety is yours?

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    3. I'm pretty sure it's Reine Claude. I hope I don't need another one to pollinate it!

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    4. One of ours is Reine Claude. As far as I am aware it is self fertile although as we have a Mannings greengage and three plum trees I can't confirm from experience.

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  3. It's so interesting to follow our lovely plants growth season by season, especially on the four seasons area like yours. There are plants life cycles that really much pleasure to be noticed. Thank for sharing

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  4. Well done on being a tree follower this year. I look forward to future posts, and right way up pictures! Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm really excited about about, it's a pity about my lopsided photos.

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    2. next time you upload their normal a thing you can click on to put the photo the right way

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  5. I do like this idea of tree following

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    1. It looks to be huge fun John, it's not too late to send Lucy an email.

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  6. Hoping your greengage tree does well for you this year. It will be interesting to follow its progress.

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    1. Me too, I'm hoping for the odd fruit from it.

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  7. Yes, do join us! The link box for March will be open until 13th . . . and although it's a good moment to start following a tree early enough to see when its buds begin to break, there's no reason why one shouldn't start following a tree at any time of year. Certainly people will be welcome to join in with the Loose and Leafy Tree Following at any time - there's no deadline.

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    1. I hope more people do, I'm glad I made the effort now.

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  8. I love greengages. When they are in season I buy them from the greengrocers and rarely reach home with any left in the bag - all eaten as I walk.
    The pictures - I've had this trouble with Blogspot too. If you have a way of turning them and cropping them ever so slightly and re-saving them, they should load the right way round. It's maddening when you have them the right way up on your screen then they insist on lying down on the blog. (Except they are entertaining too that way!)
    Good luck with angling for the new camera.

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    1. I haven't had one for years, I remember the taste well & they make lovely jam. Perhaps people will remember he blog post with wonky pictures! Thanks I need all the luck I can get.

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  9. if there are any plum trees around your Greengage will fruit heavier, if not you will still get fruit. It is a lovely idea to follow a tree, I would join in but i am making strong plans to move in the Autumn,

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    1. I have a plum tree next to it so that's good news. Good luck with your house hunting!

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  10. I like the tree you are following this year Joanne look forward to more lovely updates

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    1. I'm glad I picked it now Linda, I thought it was a bit of a cop out at first with it being in the garden.

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  11. Greengage is a fruit I am not familiar with Joanne. I've googled and now know that I think this is a tree that grows in my brother's garden. I must let him know. Maybe now he can do something with the fruit.

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    1. Oh lovely , I love Greengages. If your brother doesn't do anything with them perhaps he will let you. They make a glorious jam.

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  12. I love greengages, a real treat for you.

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    1. They are a wonderful fruit, I do hope it fruits this year, it will be a treat then.

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  13. I'm very interested to read that you manage to grow your tree successfully in a half barrel Joanne. I'm getting a couple of quince trees this year and want to put one in a barrel but wasn't sure if it needed deeper soil. Perhaps it will help to keep the fruit accessible! I hadn't thought about growing greengages so I'll look forward to future posts!

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    1. Caro, all of my fruit trees are grown in pots, the harvest is probably restricted but I do get quite a bit. I do top the soil up each year & keep the trees smaller by pruning them. I'm planning to sow some green manure in the soil (John Innes No 3) to help keep the fertility levels up in the pots. I'm after a dwarf Quince this year & a dwarf medlar I know they would be easier to keep in pots.

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  14. I look forward to seeing your tree progress through the year! xx

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    1. I shall be doing regular posts Amy, hopefully including scoffing the fruit straight off the tree & making Greengage jam. I do hope so!

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  15. I love the idea of a greengage tree! I adore greengages. I will follow developments with interest. I lived in Wales (in the south) for 20 years.

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    1. They are a lovely fruit aren't they, my dads family came from South Wales many years ago.

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  16. I'd love a greengage, but I'd probably need to have it in a pot too, so I'll be interested to see how you get on with it. Envying you your lovely greenhouse as well, lucky you!

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    1. Give it a go, I bought my tree from Aldi I think it was £7 though it could have been a bit less, apart from the apple trees which were expensive all my fruit trees have been cheap ones. Ahh greenhouse envy a terrible thing to have, yes I am lucky.

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  17. You can grow greengages in pots?! Oh dear, I feel more tree purchases on the horizon, as I have crammed as many as I can (and probably more) in to the borders. I will enjoy watching it develop, having planted plum trees this winter I am also on a mission to gain enough fruit for jam making. Lovely read another North Wales blog too, I am on Anglesey - windy but surprisingly mild compared to the mainland.

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    1. We shall soon see, it's looking healthy enough. I'm terrible I don'y know what it is with fruit trees I've only got a small garden! Thank you, Anglesey isn't too far away at all.

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  18. I've got a plum tree, which I bought the year before last, in a pot. I haven't had any fruit from it yet so I'm hoping that this might be the year. I grow all my trees in containers, I've got a cherry tree which is grown in a half barrel. It's a good solution if you don't have enough space in the garden.

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    1. Most of my trees are in half barrels Jo, the ones that aren't are in large pots. I had plums last year on my plum tree, not a lot but enough to make some jam & eating fresh.

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  19. Interesting to see how you tree gets on. We have only one apple tree, which we inherited with the plot, but it has not been doing very well. I'm quite tempted to get a few more fruit trees still though.

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    1. I seem to have an addiction to buying fruit trees, I'm after a couple more this year if I can get away with it. Thanks.

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  20. A lovely tree to follow. I have a huge one in my garden. It fruits very well but so much of the fruit is out of reach and I have to wait for it to fall off before I can get to it. The wasps love it too so it is always a race to see who gets there first.

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    1. Thank you, this one is quite tall even though it is in a pot. I give them all a prune at the relevant times to keep them smaller. The wasps enjoyed some of the plums on my plum tree last year so I'm sure they will enjoy the greengages this!

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  21. What a great idea with tree following, I have a Magnolia and take loads of photo's through the year. I can also check each year, how early the buds form and the flowers open. It's also a pure joy to look back through the winter.

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    1. Sign up for it Marlene, I'm really looking forward to taking part in the Tree Following. It's lovely looking back I'm hoping to make it a regular event.

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