I have several fruit trees dotted around the garden and at the plot – some have plenty of fruit on them, some are completely fruitless – unlike last year when I didn’t have any fruit at all due to the late frosts. The Bramley and James Grieve are loaded but three other apple trees are bare including my huge Golden Delicious tree – I can never fathom out why this happens.
The same goes for the plum trees. I have a big old Victoria plum at the plot which is dripping with fruit, but the one in the garden is empty. I have Damsons this year but no Greengages. I find it all very strange, why can’t all the trees just do what they are supposed to do.
Bramleys – I can taste the apple crumble already.
James Grieve - the smell of them is almost as good as the taste. Unfortunately they don’t keep but all my neighbours will benefit as I put on my Lady Bountiful hat and deliver bags full to all and sundry – whether they want them or not – the rest will be put through the juicer or eaten straight from the tree.
Plenty of jam and plum chutney to be made with these Damsons.
Unknown variety – but the blackbirds seem to like eating them.
I am having a thing about brightly coloured flowers in the garden this year, these are some Pot Marigolds grown from seed that Flighty sent me – although they come in a range of oranges and yellows, my favourites are the really bright orange ones. Then there are the gaudy lilies that I managed to save from last year.
And this Coleus – Flaming Mosaic, that I found wilting in the ‘reduced’ section at the garden centre.
Not something that I would normally go for – but I felt sorry for it. It soon perked up after a good soaking.
The four favourite photos of the week include a Red Admiral Butterfly, a stunning sunset, something new and fishy hanging in the bathroom and Cream of Cucumber soup to use up some of the mountain of cucumbers I have this year.
And, finally the Friday flowers.
Just a few stems that bent or broke during a recent downpour – Coreopsis, Achillea, Zinnia and one Corn Marigold.
See you soon – have a lovely weekend.