Tuesday, 30 May 2017
As life is fairly quiet at the moment, I am, once again, reduced to accompanying these blog entries with snapshots of 'corners of the garden'. The top three are of roses (of which we have a good display this year), and the last one is of the fig tree which I've been 'espaliering' against the garden fence - with some success. It is full of half grown fruit at the moment and looking good for 'high summer' produce. Hope so anyway - we both love the idea of fresh, home grown fruit. The fig tree is a 'Brown Turkey' which used to be thought of as the only breed of fig tree that would produce figs reliably, and regularly, in our climate. So far it's given us a few fine fruit every year since I planted it four years ago. I think though, that later in the year I'm going to have to cut it hard back in order for it to remain properly espaliered. If I don't, I think it could well turn into a thug of a tree dominating its immediate surroundings. Oh well! We'll see later in the year. I rather fear that if I cut it back hard enough to keep it in its proper area, it could well retaliate by giving us very few fruit for a year or so. Should any of my readers be more knowlegeable figologists than I am (which wouldn't be difficult) could you please give me any useful tips regarding keeping fig trees happy, and in their proper place.
Warm Regards to all.
P.s. Halfway through this blog entry the machine decided to use only italics. Anyone know any cure for this aberration?