Another seasonal milestone passed today, because what Katy (the cordon apple tree) did, was come into flower this week. It’s an early eating apple, not really suitable for storage but ready to pick in September. We have a row of five cordon apples and they were chosen to spread over the longest possible season. This is really the first year we can expect a small crop, but it will be a few years yet before they settle down. We’re due a few days of cold weather so it’s out with the fleece.
Today’s main objective was to get into the fruit cage and weed all round, and then to repair the supports for the autumn raspberries and feed all the soft fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red and white currants are all in leaf and the blackcurrants are about to flower. We also made use of the last day we’re officially allowed to use the incinerator, and got rid of a pile of couch and bindweed roots. We’re not keen on burning but sometimes it’s the best way to destroy pernicious weeds and you also get the ashes back to scatter on the ground.
While I was engaged with the fruit, Madame was transplanting spinach seedlings. These wil be the last batch before the autumn. First day of British Summer Time – yippee!