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Some time back there was mention of a pomegranate tree in Golders Hill Park, London. Last week, on my weekly visit with a group of friends, I finally found someone in the park to ask: there is a substantial tree and I was told it fruited well last year, but the fruit is only ever semi-ripe.

It is often said that Turkish hazelnuts rarely fruit in England, but they seem to have no problem fruiting in Archway, London N19, where they have been planted as a street tree. Of course this could not be described as having a typical English climate! Last year was a terrific year for nuts, especially from the second set of these street trees that I have found in the Highgate/Haringey area and a far cooler spot than the Archway ones. But why didn’t the squirrels bother? I’m never left with even one ripe nut on my garden purple filbert and there were some strange looks from passing motorists as I picked them off the pavement.

A wonderful year too for loquats, the trees were full of fruit in Archway (a strong Greek-Cypriot area) glowing against the dark green foliage. Unfortunately they were behind garden walls and not accessible!

Mary Rawitzer

For the post on the pomegranate in Golders Hill Park London see our main web-site: http://www.fruitforum.net/exotics-and-early-fruits-in-the-south-east.htm

 

 

Turkish hazel nutLoquat fruiting in London

Turkish hazel nut (Corylus colurna) and loquat fruiting in London

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I have not been able to spray my apple trees unfortunately this year. Is it now too late to use a tar oil spray? If so what can be used? My apples were inedible last year with codling moth, scab, sawflies etc.

In response to Adrian Baggaley’s post ‘The Year of the Slug’, I have found the torch and trowel used at night the most rewarding method of killing slugs.

I. Wilson

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There are sloes just coming into blossom in the hedges in Kent, the ornamental pear, Pyrus calleryana has a few flowers, I have daffodils out and primroses, yet it is only the first week in February. It looks as if it will be an early year for fruit blossom. The myrobalan or cherry plum is one of the first to flower and used to be taken as a foretaste of what was to come in orchards. There are two myrobalan plums beginning to flower in the National Fruit Collections – the very early Belsiana and Burrell’s Red. Are there myrobalans in flower anywhere else?

Joan Morgan
Hedgerow plum in south east London
Hedgerow plum in full bloom on 4 February in south east London
(see comment below)

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According to an article in the Sunday Times (3 February), researchers in New Zealand claim that the production of antipodean apples uses less energy – even after being transported 12,000 miles – than the same amount of apples grown in Britain. A study by Lincoln University in New Zealand calculated that ‘a ton of New Zealand apples generated the equivalent of 407lb of CO2 compared with almost 600lb for UK apples’.

This seems so counter intuitive. Have they missed something in their calculations?

Richard Borrie

To read the Sunday Times article go to:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3294448.ece

To read the New Zealand food mile study published in 2006 see: nz-foodmile-study

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Can You Name This Apple?

I am in Tasmania, Australia. My grandparents had an old apple tree on their property about 30 years ago. It had fruit that was really bright green, small and smooth. The flesh was white and very sweet. The pips were white until the fruit was quite ripe, when they went brown. The area is very English, with lots of English trees and hedges. Is this an old English variety that has otherwise disappeared?

Ruth Bosveld

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