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Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry ‘Smoky’

I have never tasted an Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry. This variety called ‘Smoky’ produces lots of fruit, about the size of a large blackcurrant. These were ripe on 23rd June 2019 and considering the time of year when … Continue reading

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Flat Donut Peach – All the rage for children to eat

The flat Donut Peach, is all the rage for children to eat. Relatively small size, and easy for children to handle. Sometimes they are called UFO or Saturn peaches. I think UFO is a trade name. They are no more … Continue reading

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Peach – Bonanza (dwarf patio)

This is one of the first peaches that has ripened, that we grow in the greenhouse in pots. Then when all fear of frost has gone, they are put outside. These are supposed to be more of a peachy pink … Continue reading

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Oak tree callussed branches

Whilst doing some gardening at a customers house. I noticed a very large common oak tree on the boundary line, always dropping branches, acorns and pigeon mess. This time something caught my eye. A couple of the large branches had … Continue reading

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The Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci)

I have never seen any of these before. In all my times in pruning and clearing Buddleja out of customers gardens, I have never encountered any of these. Called the Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci). The name verbasci gives a … Continue reading

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Almond and Cherry 2019 crop destroyed. Different reasons

Ok I do not grow huge numbers of Almond and Cherry trees, in comparison to a fruit farmer. But I was looking forward to a taste. The Almonds were no where near ready, with another 3 to 4 months to … Continue reading

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2019 DNA Testing – Fruit Tree Leaves sent off today.

Coming to the end of June is the last time for sending in fruit tree leaf samples for DNA Analysis. These were sent to East Malling Research Establishment via Fruitid. I have sent 8 leaves of the following, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Sticky Gum exuding from Plum tree – Gummosis

I am asked a number of times, as to what the sticky gum is exuding from plum trees. Most often it is called ‘Gummosis’. This can brought on by stresses to a tree. In our orchard this only occurs with … Continue reading

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Not enough Rain yet – May 2019

Is this the start of this years drought. Our clay soil is already cracking up. We have not had a wet or snowy winter, and so far not enough spring rain. Our water butts are nearly empty. We nearly had … Continue reading

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Sweet Chestnut (Castanea) Gall Wasp – Take Note

I am highlighting the problem of the Sweet Chestnut (Castanea) Gall Wasp or “Dryocosmus kuriphilus”. This pest has had, I believe a few occurances in the UK. But it was detected for the first time in Spain in 2012, the … Continue reading

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