Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fruit, of a sort

It felt like a crime but had to pinch out the olives that were developing on the two plants. Just didn’t think that they were ready to put all that energy into fruiting. Would rather they grew some more, been inspired by the trees present in the show gardens at Hampton Court. You can’t eat the olives in any case until they have been cured. That’s a little project for another year (or two or three)…

Also removed the second batch of budding figs. Again, I’d rather have the tree mature a bit more than invest energy and resources into developing fruit. For some reason the tree hasn’t grown as much as previous years, although it has been watered and feed regularly.

And for the first time ever (drum roll please) I’ve got a quince ripening on the bush. This is more out of curiosity than anything else – never grown one before. It’s only tiny and at the moment resembles a gooseberry rather than a yellow pear.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

RHS time

Seems like ages ago now although it was only at the beginning of last month when we journeyed to the suburbs in west London and joined the crowds heading towards the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. It’s a lovely setting for the show as we meandered through the palace gardens in search of entrance. With a lot more space available the crowds weren’t as intense as Chelsea – which was a relief! The show gardens were scattered throughout the grounds and there were plenty of stalls offering different wares.

There wasn’t a particular garden provoking that ‘wow’ reaction although in one they had decided to feature olive trees. And the specimens that they found were impressive: wizened, gnarled, twisted and so so old with thick wide trunks and curvy short branches.

It was all relatively informal and we took a leisurely approach enjoying a few refreshment stops en route – got to savour my first Pimms for the year (very yummy!) under a brightening sky. Wasn’t sure if an afternoon was enough to see all the exhibitors and we didn’t have time to head into many of the tents. Guess its Tatton Park next year.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Last year Deb told me about how she grew a lemon tree from seed as a kid with her mom. Later that year Nath gave it a go and was pretty successful with three plants. So took Nath’s advice earlier this summer and sowed a few lemon pips in hope that they might germinate. Only four weeks later and there were three pale green tips poking through the compost resulting in two seedlings (lost one along the way). The high temperatures must have helped with the whole process and hopefully given them a good start. Since it’s been so warm I’ve started keeping them outside – help them prepare for the winter ahead in my cold house! Not sure that they will fruit because, as Al pointed out, the fruit might have been irradiated, ah well, time will tell.