|Gautheria shallon showing leaf and a profusion of berries|
Other berries that are looking good are Blueberries however the bushes need to covered with nets to stop the birds taking them. My best bush so far has given me 1.2kg of tasty berries.2 more shrubs are about to crop Cornus mas (cornelian cherry) and Aronia (purple and black chokeberries) More about them next time.
Apples look really good this year and foremost among my trees is the early George Cave, this is such an underrated tree but believe me for a healthy tasty crop that usually starts in early July this apple has no match. My tree is just 11 years old and this year I will have picked over 50Kg of fruit that's a wow in my book. So I'm juicing for the freezer eating as many as seems appropriate, giving some to grateful neighbour's and selling the surplus at my gate.
|just a small section of this fantastic George cave apple tree|
|This shows a 2 year old cone with a new one formed this year underneath, next year should see my first pine nuts!|
|Staphlea pinnata with bladder.|