Fruitful Thinking?

IMG_2588With the bench replacement complete, my rambles have involved keeping half an eye open for other things that need doing – like trees being lopped – and photographing for GBBD drew my attention to the incongruity of the young boughs of plum ‘Czar’ which are conflicting with the adjacent floriferescence (if there isn’t such a word then there should be!) of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. The plum, on a dwarf rootstock, was planted at the same time as Annabelle was moved, but the latter exceeded all expectations and is a veritable river of white across this hedge border. The plum was there to supplement the negligible crop of the old plum trees in the hedge, and to replace another small plum that was planted too close to the stream. Now this new tree seems to be in the wrong location too – but where else could it go?

IMG_2590Whilst picking raspberries, loganberries and redcurrants in the fruit cage I have also been considering the other occupants of the cage, in particular the gooseberries and whitecurrant – like the loganberries and the redcurrant they were in the garden when we first came so at well over 18 years they can’t owe us much! The gooseberries have failed to provide a crop for a few years now, falling victim to sawfly and then mildew this year, and new plants were nearly bought for this season but instead they were given another chance, clearly unmerited. Would new, resistant, thornless gooseberries be a better bet? And every year I wonder what to do with the whitecurrants (which are not very sweet and have huge unpalatable pips), tending to use their juice only for a boost to other jellies or jams (which I make far less of these days anyway).

IMG_2591By this time I was beginning to put 2+2 together and almost making 4, wondering whether the fruit cage was tall enough to contain Czar (must check the height on Pixie root stock)…. And why stop there? Perhaps it was worth also moving the three columnar fruit trees (greengage, pear and cherry) that are in the streamside grass and make grass cutting difficult…. Also less than two years old it wouldn’t hurt to move them if the fruit cage was rearranged to include them too…. Even as I write this post I look at the picture of the latter three and visualise an additional border here instead, a primula border perhaps…..? Such is the way a rambling gardener’s mind works!


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16 Responses to Fruitful Thinking?

  1. Cathy says:

    I know what you mean about rambling thoughts…. one idea leads to another and before you know it the plan is forged! Good luck with moving the fruit trees!

  2. Christina says:

    Sounds like a job done already. You are definitely right to remove old fruit bushes? GQT is always saying that these fruit bushes have quite short lives.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, although I think there are varied theories – and as long as they are productive, does it matter how old they are? πŸ™‚

      • Christina says:

        No, indeed but I thought you were saying that it wasn’t fruiting well.

        • Cathy says:

          The whitecurrant is still productive, just not very useful, but the original redcurrant and loganberries continue happily apace.- the gooseberries haven’t cropped well for a few years though and I do miss them 😦

  3. AnnetteM says:

    Wow, your brain has been busy with all that thinking!

  4. It never stops, does it, the gardening brain constantly mentally rearranges, improves, ponders pros and cons. I am currently debating whether to move the two blackcurrants to give me a bigger area for my increasingly zingy park border. But definitely ditch the whitecurrant and gooseberries, no point devoting precious border space to non productive fruit bushes…

    • Cathy says:

      I’d still get new gooseberries though, and not just cos the Golfer likes them. Sounds as if a new home for your blackcurrants might be a good idea, particularly with your ‘park border’ being such a success – and love how we give these names to our garden sections…. πŸ˜‰

  5. Pauline says:

    Our black and red currant bushes still provide us with lots of fruit and the previous people planted them over 24 yrs ago. We moved them to their present position about 15 yrs ago and since then they have had soot from the chimney sweep and a handful of 6X fertiliser each year, they seem to love it!

  6. I recognise the symptoms, Cathy! One thing leads to another and before you know it you’re awake all night, mentally restructuring the whole garden! A similar thing happened to me recently, which I plan to cover later. Our currant bushes were planted within a few years of us moving here, and are now, venerable old bushes (especially our black currant which was my mothers from her old garden) but still fruiting well. That is, until this year, when our lovely crop virtually disappeared overnight – no fruit drop and strigs still in place! I assume it must be birds, but this is the first time in 20 years that they’ve bothered! Something else to consider for next year!

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh – don’t know how your currants survived the birds all this time without being netted! The fruit cage has been a real saviour here!

  7. bittster says:

    I like the way you think! You are planning to at least wait until autumn though, right? Our warmer temps would do in any large transplants this time of year.

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