Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Fruit trees.

The garden is home to a considerable selection of fruit trees, mostly apples and pears. The pear trees are all to be found against the south facing wall on the far side of the summerhouse and some are in quite a sorry state, but have been pruned and winter washed and we'll see how they do this year - if they don't appear to be doing much, we may take some "pencils" and graft these onto rootstocks to see if we can retain the original stock varieties, There are 8 pear trees and most still have the original identifier labels mounted on the wall which also shows when they were planted. So in no particular order we have the following pears (with planting dates in brackets)
Doyenne du Comice x 2 (1960)
Didoneau (1959)
Pitmaston Rivers (1959)
Conference (1958)
Pitmaston Duchess (1960)
Beurre Superfin (1960)
William Bon Chretien (1958)
In addition there is a young pear tree planted just inside the entrance to the garden (variety unknown)
There are two cherry trees, both growing against the south facing wall in the herbaceous border. These are a variety called "Governor".
The west facing wall has a plum which is labelled "Joes Golden Drop" and dated 1959, but the tree that is there, although a plum tree, is definitely not the original that the label refers to as it is much too young.
There are 11 apple trees throughout the garden though as yet, none of the varieties have been identified.
In addition, labels have also been found for a peach tree and a nectarine tree, though sadly these no longer exist.

Update - the label that states the Pear variety as being Didoneau is more likely to be Durandeau.

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