Winter Nélis pear
We will track the progress of fruit blossom during the coming weeks through its development in the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, near Faversham, Kent. Our guide for a number of years – Mary Pennell – has retired and we thank her very much indeed for supplying Fruit Forum with the flowering dates for many blossom times. We are very grateful that her successor Lorinda Jewsbury has kindly agreed to continuing giving us the same information on a number of varieties in the collection: dates when 10% of the buds are open, the tree is in full flower and when 90% of the petals have fallen.
With the recent warm weather many plums, pears and cherries are in flower and some of the early apple varieties. This year, the blossom is much earlier than 2013, which was a very late year. For instance, the plum Denniston’s Superb was in full flower on 20 March 2014, whereas the date was almost a month later – 25 April in 2013. Similarly, full flower date for the pear Louise Bonne of Jersey is 29 March in 2014 and 3 May in 2013 (for further years of flowering dates see this Blog).
The varieties that Lorinda records are listed below with the dates observed so far. Updates will follow as we advance through blossom time.
Cambridge Gage: 26th March (10% open); 29th March (full flower)
Czar: 18th March (10% open); 28th March (full flower)
Denniston’s Superb (Imperial Gage): 17th March (10% open); 20th March (full flower)
Farleigh Damson: 18th March (10% open); 22nd March (full flower)
Marjorie’s Seedling: 30th March (10% open); 1st April (full flower)
Oullins Gage: 16th March (10% open); 20th March (full flower)
Pershore Yellow Egg: 26th March (10% open); 30th March (full flower)
Victoria: 25th March (10% open); 30th March (full flower)
Conference: 29th March (10% open)
Doyenne du Comice
Louise Bonne of Jersey: 25th March (10% open); 29th March (full flower)
Lapins: 31st March (10% open)
Cox’s Orange Pippin
Red Astrachan: 31st March (10% open)
St. Edmund’s Pippin