The sunny weather of the bank holiday is but a distant memory. I do hope we won’t have a repeat performance of last year’s summer, and the year before that, and possibly the year before that… Seem quite likely, doesn’t it. Sadly, my alba roses have all decided now is the time to bloom and what would have been a lovely first display has been ruined if not by rain then by high winds. The chives don’t seem to care though and are merrily dancing around in the wind and the rain. Despite the apparent lack of bees a good percentage of fruit seems to have set on the apples, redcurrant, blackcurrant, blueberries and even a few on the medlar. The latter I’m very excited about, never having tasted a fresh one. (Is that an oxymoron?) The gooseberries are disappointing, but this may be down to my rather zealous pruning. Lesson leaned.
For all this, I’m still frustrated by my lack of fruit tree space. I know this is brattish and that I’m fortunate to have a garden at all, but I am frustrated. There are so many cool fruit trees out there I want to grow! Ordering a copy of the Bernwode Fruit Tree catalogue has only added to my frustration. I have a compromise plan though, a realistic one, I hope. My plan is, Pots In The Front Garden. It’s south facing and the tramac is not attractive, so why not cover a little of it up My list at present reads as follows:
Fig, Violette de Bordeaux – Apparently good for pots and hardy (I don’t have a green house).
Fig, Petite Negri – Agian, does well in pots. Need to do a bit more digging on the hardiness front.
Apple, Nonpareil (x2) – These were typically grown in pots in the seventeenth century, so on the right rootstock they ought to work a treat.
Apple, EITHER, Api Noir, OR, Court Pendu Plat (If funds allowed I’d buy both) – Again, both these varieties have, in times gone by, been commonly grown in pots for their decorative value as well as their fruit.
I’m also hankering after a lemon tree, Eureka to be specific. But with no greenhouse I’m not sure how feasible this is.
In addition to the above, I have decided to keep both the honeyberries and the chilean guavas in pots, so they will join them in the front garden. Not sure if there will be room for anything else without causing access issues. But I’m sure if something suitable crops up I’ll manage to squeeze it in, somehow.
Anyway, must get back to the Bernwode Fruit Trees catalogue. Fascinating stuff, and they have a website too with some very interesting articles on ancient fruit trees and identifying varieties. See under ‘Read More…’