As we have done for a number of years, we publish the blossom records for the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, undertaken and kindly supplied by Lorinda Jewsbury. These are records for a selection of varieties (standards and any new accessions) from all the tree fruit collections at Brogdale.
The flowering season is once more under way in the orchards at Brogdale. Many of the plums have reached full flower and the remaining varieties should not be too far behind. The warm, sunny weather a week or so back saw a good number of pears opening their blossom and some of the cherries began to follow. However, the weekend was a different story weather-wise and the chilly weather that came in has certainly put the brakes on the flowering for now. As for the effect of the chill on the open flowers and fertilisation process, we shall just have to wait and see.
Czar: 5th April (10% open); 10th April (full flower)
Denniston’s Superb (Imperial Gage): 7th April (10% open); 10th April (full flower); 20th April (90% petal fall)
Farleigh Damson: 11th April (10% open); 13th April (full flower)
Marjorie’s Seedling: 18th April (10% open); 21st April (full flower)
Oullins Gage: 11th April (10% open); 12th April (full flower)
Pershore Yellow Egg: 6th April (10% open); 8th April (full flower); 25th April (90% petal fall)
Victoria: 10th April (10% open); 14th April (full flower)
Doyenne du Comice:
Louise Bonne of Jersey: 12th April (10% open); 15th April (full flower)
Early Rivers: 23rd April (10% open)
Lapins: 20th April (10% open); 23rd April (full flower)
Cox’s Orange Pippin:
St. Edmund’s Pippin:
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Invicta gooseberry grafted onto Jostaberry stock on 29 January 2016; thanks to a mild winter it has grown away in the greenhouse and was tip pruned last month to induce bushy growth.
Because of the extreme vigour of the Jostaberry, I have used it to bud-graft gooseberries on to as standards. So far I’ve managed the gooseberries Captivator and Invicta grown on as standards.
Jostaberry, like the equally vigorous Ribes aureum, will manage four or five foot stems for standards from cuttings taken in early spring and grown on through summer outside and following winter in greenhouse to bud graft in March.
It suckers far less than Ribes aureum which is usual root-stock for grafted gooseberries. Has anyone else tried this?
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The random thought popped into my head today that apples seem to be the most ubiquitous fruit, and that anecdotes about other fruit are always compared to apples. Pomegranates are ‘Chinese apples’, peaches are ‘Persian apples’, etc.
Just how did apples become so ubiquitous?
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Limelight apple growing on M27 rootstock
I read the article – ‘Little Apples Trees – grafted on M27’ by Adrian Baggaley on your main website. I would like to know more about M27. What is this M27 and where could I buy it? I garden in Malaysia.
Picture courtesy of Adrian Baggaley
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Cripp’s Pink apple with Valencia orange in the background, both growing in southern California
I would like to grow an apple tree and orange tree in Tamil Nadu, south east India. But here we do not have these two trees. I am challenging my friends and neighbours to grow these two trees in our area successfully. So please can you suggest an apple variety and orange variety. My area is hot from March to May.
Photograph courtesy of Kevin Hauser, Kuffle Creek Nursery, California. See comment from Kevin below.
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Tayberry: cropping mid-summer.
I bought a very sick looking tayberry two years ago. With much tlc it produced 4 very long shoots last year, but did not flower and fruit. There are no signs of new shoots at the moment. Do I cut these old shoots down to ground level? I am a bit worried as they cannot really be called old fruited canes.
Tayberry during the winter, with new canes trained onto wires.
Photographs courtesy of Adrian Baggaley; see also comment below by Adrian.
For more on the Tayberry see our main web-site: The Origin of the Tayberry by Derek Jennings, who raised this fruit and The Glorious Tayberry by Ian Harrison, a great admirer of the tayberry.
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Prunus mume ‘Benichidori’
This year Prunus mume ‘Benchidori’ is in full flower now, at the beginning of January in Kent. There were even sprigs in flower for me to bring inside for a Christmas Day posy! This is extraordinary early: in 2011, for example, it came into blossom in about mid-March. Prunus mume is a small tree, rather tender in the UK as it flowers so early and planted as an ornamental rather than fruiting tree. Its flowers are exquisite and in this variety deep pink and intensely scented. That it has flowered so early is proof indeed that we have had an exceptionally mild winter. If any proof was needed with primroses and winter Cyclamen coum in flower. Do any of our readers have Prunus mume in flower, or other examples of such early growth?
Hundreds of cultivated varieties of Prunus mume exist in its homeland in the Far East. It is the ‘plum’ blossom of Chinese paintings and cultivated in China and Japan for centuries, where it serves as the harbinger of spring often flowering when snow is still on the ground. Prunus mume is grown for its fruit, as well as blossom, and these are an important ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cuisine – made into a sauce, an alcoholic drink and pickled, as ‘umeboshi plums’ in Japan. For a little more about ‘Prunus mume – the first fruit blossom of the year’, see this past post.
Can anyone give us more information on Prunus mume and how it is grown in China and Japan or anywhere else that it may be cultivated?
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