Bridget

Monday Meanderings from Prospect Cottage.

In Gardening, sustainable living on June 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

 

Despite the weather it looks like being a good year for fruit. This plum tree, it’s a Victoria, is already laden down. If a drop does’nt occur I shall have to thin out the fruits. Home grown plums are nothing like the horrible shop ones, these never ripen fully and have no great flavour. They are probably irradiated and full of chemicals too. A home grown plum, ripened by the Sun, is a different experience. They have a scent, beautiful flavour and are full of juice. Yum yum, anticipation building!

In the polytunnel Peaches have put on a lot of growth. They look inviting already even though they won’t be ripe for some time yet.

Lettuce just coming into flower, I really want to save seeds from this one. Don’t know the variety but it’s grown from seeds I got in Bulgaria. It is similar to Little Gem but a lot bigger. It can be hard to save Lettuce seeds in Ireland’s damp climate. The seeds are tiny and mould has been a problem in the past.

The Escallonia has just come into bloom. The flowers are small but there’s loads of them. This is a really hardy evergreen shrub which is easily grown from cuttings taken in Summer. The flowers last until early Autumn.

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  1. sob … I think our elderly plum trees are going into a decline. No fruit last year ;~((
    But we do have lemons on a young tree.

  2. Your plum tree looks just like mine – in fact today I have put the clothes prop under one of the branches as I’m afraid it may snap it is so laden with fruit.

    Can lettuce seed be grown true to type – I have never tried to save the seed as it is so cheap to buy – I will be interested to see how you get on with it.

    I bought an Escallonia this year – but at the moment it doesn’t look much like yours, it is very small and the leaves are golden, no flowers though.

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