Back from a long weekend in Kent, noted spring seems a about a fortnight ahead there, bluebells & apple blossom are out, ours, in my part of south Hampshire, are still just promising buds
So I got back home yesterday and the Climbing French beans “Cobra” have lived up,to the name and now look like the namesake getting out of it’s basket. 2013 seed from Johnson’s [Wilkinson]
The dwarf French bean, “Ferrari” 2007 seed from Mr F,sown at same time, and on right of picture, is so far a non show, and not looking too well with fungus on the top of compost. Time will tell but I suspect not a goer
The tomatoes have really grown, now I have put them into my conservatory, should be OK but will have to keep an eye on weather just in case late frost arrives, but they are looking good
Now an Apricot problem, any one any ideas?
My outdoor dwarf apricot, about 3 years old, has never fruited, possibly due to being so young. However this year there was a bit of promise, lots of potential buds, leaves & blossom, now I see a lot of the lower branches are bare. I suspect birds, but I have never seen any near the tree, and the tree is near the house, so not bird friendly space TBH. Any one any ideas? Next year I reckon fleece over it, but this would stop pollinators, so small mesh net may be the option for 2015
Note the bare branches, did have potential buds
And lastly, first picking of my rhubarb for 2014, Red Canadian [wilko] plus an old variety from my granddad, 1940s I guess, maybe Victoria? No real idea but a good !”doer”