Monthly Archives: August 2014

After 8 years, its finally fruited – Hawthorn – Golden Star

After 8 years, its finally fruited – Hawthorn – Golden Star. It had only started flowering 2 years ago, but had never set any fruit. Ok there are not very many fruit, but its a start.

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The first Mulberries of the year 2014

This year is not a bumper crop, and they are not very big. But the flavour of this Illinois Everbearing variety of Mulberry are very sweet and tasty.

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Long hot dry spell, and then rain – Plums splitting

I cannot remember this ever happening. But this year, it has been quite hot and dry, followed by a sudden spell of rain. Not one variety but a number of nearly ripe varieties of plums, have started splitting. Making them … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse heaters are on, in August!!

I knew it was going to go cold last night. The forecast said just slightly above freezing. But this morning in checking my greenhouse, the heater was on. Max/min recorder said it went down to 2 deg C The heater … Continue reading

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Autumn 2014 not far away – Swallows are flying the nest

These photos are the closet I could get (using a mobile phone camera) to the swallows, any closer and they all flew off circling the barn air space, before resting again on the same roof beam.

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First Figs of 2014 – Bayern Brown Fig

This is one of many figs that have ripened over this last week. There are many other varieties following up. But this is the first, its called Bayern Brown fig, not to be confused with Brown Turkey. This photo also … Continue reading

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Zhigulevskoe – apple variety

This variety from Pavlovsk Experiment Station, Vavilov Institute, St Petersburg, Russia in 1976. A high yielding variety that is resistant to scab, its fruits have soft, juicy flesh. Ready for picking in late September. Its skin can be more red … Continue reading

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Golden Russet (USA) – apple variety

This variety is not to be confused with the English ‘Golden Russet’ this is the the US variety. It comes as many Synonyms: American Golden Russet, American Golden Russet of New England, Fay’s Russet, Golden Russet, Golden Russet of Mass, … Continue reading

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Pear Apple – Update

From a previous post http://www.gb-online.co.uk/gb-wordpress/?p=900 We were perplexed as to what variety we had actually got. It started off looking like a red skinned apple, mainly deep green background and red to the sun. But it has now developed into … Continue reading

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Rouget Plouer – apple variety

A native of the town namesake, grown in the northeast of Cotes d’Armor and the surrounding communities of Ille-et-Vilaine The fruit have firm flesh, tart, sweet, juicy. Very productive, flowering midseason. Good resistance to parasites. Mainly used for cooking, ready … Continue reading

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