Sometimes at this time of year we get strong winds and heavy rain, and perhaps frost too, all of which can be serious threats, but not this year. In the last few days the blossoms on my Minarette apple and pear trees have opened out fully, and hopefully the bees will have been taking full advantage of this. With a bit of luck this will be a good year for fruit.
|Pear - "Conference"|
The Apple tree has been the best of the trio, though I have to admit that it has not been a roaring success. Nevertheless, it is very satisfying to be able to eat fruit from your own trees, however small the harvest. The pear has been OK: last year it only had five fruit, but they were very nice indeed. The Victoria plum tree has been disappointing so far (only 2 fruit last year), but I'm not giving up just yet. Fellow-blogger Sue from Green Lane Allotments has kindly sourced me some valuable advice about how to give it a wake-up call, so maybe it will come good in the end. But I am thinking of changing Victoria's name to Cinderella. Her minimalist ball-gown is certainly not on a par with those of her siblings!
|Plum - "Victoria"|