Monday, 27 May 2013

Coconuts and Quinces

Sunday was sunny and warm with the temperature making it to a high of 20.5°C in the afternoon.

On the plot our quince “Meeches Prolific” is living up to its name at least if the flowers are anything to go by. It’s difficult to photograph the tree in all its glory but the picture below shows the branches are absolutely covered in blossom.

This is just a typical branch. It’s obvious that the tree wouldn't be able to support such a weight of quinces should all these flowers set fruit. We’ll have to wait and see what happens and decide then the appropriate course of action.

In the garden, by the pond, we have had a palm tree growing for many years. It began life years ago in a small pot and was moved into the greenhouse to over winter. The plant and pot eventually got so big that we had to take a risk and leave it to stand outside all winter. We needn't have worried as cold weather hasn't stopped it growing. Its now so big we couldn't move it very easily even if we wanted to.  
This year for the first time ever it looks like it’s going to flower. It’s developing enormous buds on the stem. I’m assuming these are flower buds as I've never seen a palm tree in bud. It’s a pity it doesn't produce coconuts. That would be a first for Ossett.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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