With 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?
Whilst 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).
By 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!