Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Fruit trees

Touch wood (or the trunk) my fruit trees seem fairly productive this year. I am taking a positive look on this as the fig, one cooking apple, greengage & a pear have decided not to produce any fruit this year.
Baby pears. The two pear tees were bought with cross pollination in mind. However when they blossomed earlier on this year they both blossomed at completely different times! They are still new trees though so hopefully next year.
My treasured Bramley apple tree. My other tree failed to produce an blossom the year so I wasn't expecting any apples at all. Luckily there are a few apple trees locally so these baby fruits were a happy sight!
My dwarf peach tree. We dragged (Mike did) out of the greenhouse for the summer to make space. It was smothered in baby fruits & I had to remove over 50 to ensure there is enough space for the remaining few to grow to full size.
My plum tree, Ii think I have enough for a pot of jam or two. Plum jam is my second favourite jam, Gooseberry is my first. Greengage jam would be my very first but until that decides to fruit its place in the jam list is still undecided.

And for the first time ever several punnet worth of cherries! The top photo is my sweet cherry tree & the bottom one my sour cherry tree. If the blackbirds leave me any that is, I'm hoping to be able to bottle some of the sour ones in brandy or something like that. Possibly even dry some as I adore sour cherry chocolate, the sweet ones will be grazed off the tree by me, the kids or the blackbirds. I am yet to find out!

Now as my garden is fairly small my fruit trees are kept in pots but are well looked after with food & water. Several of them will be re potted later on this year in half whisky barrels to match the others. I really can't fit any more trees in, well I can but I have to wait as Mike is moving the shed. However my edible hedge which I planted earlier on in the year contains a wide variety such as  crab apple, wild pear, cherry plum, elder sloe, wild rose & hazel nut. I know I have elder, sloe, the rose & hazel nut & I am pretty sure there is a crab apple or two amongst the mix. I just have to wait a while before I purchase a medlar, mulberry & quince!

As always enjoy your day xx

34 comments:

  1. Wow, even though it is a shame that all of your trees are not fruiting this year, it still sounds as though you will have lots of lovely fruit! The cherries look very cheery and delicious. Happy gardening! xx

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    1. Oh yes there is still plenty there even if it is just a taste. Have a good week Amy.

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  2. My goodness, lots of fruit coming up for you, sooner or later, and I hope it's sooner for it sounds like you have plenty of plans for it all, you industrious girl you! Enjoy it all! xoJoy

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    1. Yes & the soft fruit which will be for another post. I feel rather industrious after your comment, Bless you!

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  3. I've always assumed the garden here is too small and too oddly shaped to even think about growing fruit but then you post about fruit trees in pots. Hadn't considered that! Fingers crossed you get to make that jam.

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    1. Do give it a go, it is surprising how much you can fit in & my garden really is rather small We dug the lawn up for the veg patch once the kids were old enough.

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  4. Our cherries started well as did the pears but both fruits suffered in the poor weather. The peach and nectarine got peach leaf curl. Fortunately we have fruit on other bushes and trees.

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    1. Oh no I'm hoping to drag my peach tree back under cover later on in the year. It is the only way I have found to control the leaf curl. It is easier for me though as it is a dwarf tree.

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  5. Looking good. We have a cherry tree but the blackbirds beat me to them every time!

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    1. Thanks I'm pretty sure the blackbirds will be eating far more of mine than I will.

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  6. I thought of you when I was visiting West Green House on Sunday (see my post later today), because they are in the process of installing an Edible Hedge. My fruit trees have never been very good, and they have adopted a biennal fruiting pattern, which confirms my view that they don't get enough water or nutrition in their current locations. I'm tempted to begin again with big containers like your half-barrels.

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    1. Oh bless you I'm pleased with my hedge it seems to be taking well. I'm transferring the rest of mine to half barrels, Keep an eye out at the Homebase offers for the garden when we bought ours they were two for £40 I think + 20% off.

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  7. Despite a few of your fruit trees not flowering I think you are right to be positive with all the fruit trees that are flourishing! Looks like you'll have a bumper crop of peaches and cherries and some lovely plums for jam too - how satisfying for you and well done!
    Gill xx

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    1. I don't know what I am looking forward to the most peaches or cherries! It's a lovely feeling knowing there is fruit in the garden & thanks.

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  8. It looks like you'll do ok for fruit this year even though some of your trees aren't producing. My cherry tree has only a handful of cherries on it, very disappointing, but there's plenty of fruit on the other trees and bushes.

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    1. Oh yes & there is plenty of soft fruit again too. It is the first year my cherry trees have fruited like that so fingers cross yours will be the same next year.

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  9. Sounds like you have lots of harvests to look forward to! We have lots of plums developing on our dwarf tree for the first time, so fingers crossed.

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    1. Oh lucky you, there doesn't seem to be many on my plum tree but what there is will be put to good use.

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  10. It's all looking, and sounding, good so fingers crossed. Flighty xx

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    1. Fingers crossed Mike fingers crossed. Though I will be counting on those fingers how many cherries I get compared to the birds!

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  11. Wow, it's looking pretty good so far! I'm sorry some of them aren't fruiting but you have such a good attitude. I was just thinking I might try apple jelly with my apple crop this year. I've never made that kind before but maybe this is the year to try it out.

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    1. I try my hardest to be a glass half full kind of girl! At least I have some fruit to look forward too. Mine will be used for baked apples, once the crab apples get going I will make some jelly then.

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    1. Fabulous thing it is or will be, I ordered it from Wiggly Wigglers & so far it is doing great.

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  13. Oh get out!!! This post has completely inspired me friend! My beans ask if we can have fruit trees all of the time but space is quite limited...just reading what you have growing here in pots makes me want to run out today to get going! Just awesome!!! Happy growing! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Oh good I hope you do I have about 10 me thinks in pots and I am sure my garden is much smaller than yours. Then again I don't have to cater for small children any more but I'm sure you would have space for a couple.

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  14. I love that sour cherry dark chocolate as well, delicious. My neighbour gave me some Morello cherries last year, and I stewed them with a little sugar and had them over Greek yoghurt. It was utterly divine, it made the yoghurt taste like cream. I had the same problem with pears carefully chosen to bloom together. This year for the first time they are both covered in fruit, but it's been a while. They flower at slightly different times - overlapping a little, but not quite enough. I think the weather this year helped immensely. I can never resist fruit trees when they're a bargain. I'm on the lookout for a greengage! CJ xx

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  15. Congratulations on the fruit crop this year. Those cherries look delicious. I think I will try one in a pot as well perhaps it would be easier to manage.

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  16. So lovely to have so many wonderful fruit trees. I am especially jealous of your plum tree... x

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  17. Brilliant that you have an edible hedge - I'm trying to figure out where I could slot one in the gardens here … ! For me it's cherries and apples again but no pears or plums. But I do have 2 tiny quince on the new tree which hopefully won't get trashed by kids. Fingers crossed!

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  18. As long as you've got enough fruit to put up some jam for the year, consider your trees a success. We've had fruit trees for several years and some just seem to take long than others to get going. We're crossing our fingers this year... =)

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  20. How lucky, you have so many fruit trees! I'm sorry some of them aren't blooming. We recently discovered the new house we bought have a peach tree, they're producing well at the moment but they're not ripe yet. Peach jam and peach pies in the future!

    Our next door neighbor have a huge cherry tree and the cherries are falling over our property. They mentioned we can take whatever we wanted but we said we'll give them peaches. I love that idea. We ate fresh cherries yesterday, my husband said it was the best he ever had. I don't really know how to grow fruit trees so the peaches will be my first. Any advice for a newbie? Thank you! :)

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