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Looks like a bumper crop of ‘Marigoule’ Sweet Chestnuts this year

Looks like a bumper crop of ‘Marigoule’ Sweet Chestnuts (Castanea Sativa) this year, or I hope it is. This is a small 6 year old grafted tree, that is covered in flowers. The flowers are long yellow catkins, mostly of … Continue reading

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Grafting below ground level into Sweet Chesnut’s

Firstly I have been asked how can you do a graft, but then not see the graft on a Sweet Chestnut tree. Well I hope to explain things further. Firstly a picture of a typical sweet chestnut seed growing and … Continue reading

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NT Killerton, Devon – October 2014

National Trust Killerton, Devon is one of their flagship properties. There are some very ancient Sweet Chestnuts (Castenea), producing a bumper crop of nuts this year. One of the Sweet Chestnuts is huge, with some branches being propped up. We … Continue reading

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NT Greenway, Devon – Agatha Christie wrote here,

NT Greenway, Devon was much more of a pleasure to visit from a gardeners perspective. Greenhouses, Grapes, Peaches, Apricots, Figs, Apples are all part of the estate. Yet another huge Sweet Chestnut (castenea) tree by the car park, and another … Continue reading

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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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Opal – 1st of the English Plums to be harvested

Not far behind the early Japanese plums, here is Opal the 1st of the English plums. Nice and juicy and sweet. This is the start of the fruit season.

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Japanese plum Methley – Red Flesh

Many people have asked whats the flesh like, as it is described as blood red. So I have taken a few more photos.

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London Sugar Pear variety

London Sugar Pear variety. Fruit Description – Fruit small size 5cm diameter. Skin, pale green, becoming yellow when ripe, with a brownish tinge when fully exposed to the sun. Falls from tree when ripe. Very early ripening, typically 12th July … Continue reading

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The First Cider Pressings of the Year 2011

Having a go at cider making on a larger scale this year, a gallon is not enough after all the sample tastings. We are using any apples that are ripe, these are not necessarily cider varieties, but eaters as well … Continue reading

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The first Oullins Green Gages of the 2011 season

These are Oullin’s Golden Gages and are just turning yellow, and are very sweet and juicy. They are large and rounded.

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