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: