Yesterday I was summer pruning the fruit trees up at the top of the garden, hopefully forming fruiting spurs ready for next year. All the little trees are of the Minarette variety, a long slender trunk which is then has its side shoots clipped tightly to the fence behind, this way we have a little orchard which takes up very little room.
The first fruit I noticed after cutting away loads of foliage, were the Victoria plums, hanging there like a huge bunch of grapes made out of jade.
They should ripen now that so much foliage has been cut away, I just hope that birds and wasps don’t find them!
The Damsons are doing really well this year. Having been disappointed last year with hardly any fruit, this year I did get out my paint brush and go from flower to flower, buzzing as I went! Damsons flower so early in the year, it is usually quite cold at the time, too cold for bees to be about pollinating everything, yes, I can say pollinating them myself certainly worked!
They say that you plant pears for your heirs, well last year we had 2 whole pears and this year our little Conference and Concorde trees have produced 9 between them!
Our little Crowngold apple tree has managed about a dozen apples, this is an eating variety.
But the big old Bramley apple tree which was here before us and grows unrestricted and unpruned as it is so huge, is absolutely covered with apples! Last year there were hardly any but this year it is making up for it.
While wandering round the garden, I saw a Brimstone butterfly flutter by. It eventually came to rest in the rose garden. For those not in the UK, it is a yellow/green butterfly and is very well camouflaged when at rest with its wings folded, can you see it?
A bit closer, actually I was about 3 inches away from it. The spots on the wings match the blackspot on the rose leaves! Here it is hanging upside down on a rose leaf and I think it is so well camouflaged, no passing bird would see it. It really does look like a leaf when hanging perfectly still, nature certainly is wonderful!
The last week has just been spent cutting back, deadheading and weeding, the weather has been sunny with showers and quite warm most of the time, ideal weather for weeds to grow! Plans have been made and notes been taken where colour is lacking in the borders so that they can be improved by next year. This year is racing away, I just don’t know where the time has gone.