A few years ago I decided that I would like to plant a few fruit trees at my garden in High Blantyre. I started out with just a couple of trees, but each year since 2012, added to them, and by 2017, I had plum trees, apples, damsons, cherries and pears. Now I don’t pretend to be any sort of gardener so I wasn’t too disappointed when they didn’t produce any fruit. I suppose I had more of less given up on them.
However, in 2017, the trees finally looked as if they were pollinated, perhaps due to an abundance of insects in a warm May. Almost all of my 8 small trees produced fruit in June through to September! I had pears and gala apples. (I did have a couple of damson and cherries but the birds made off with them within weeks of them appearing and before photos!).
8 trees, by no means is an orchard and the days of local lads hopping into a garden to raid fruit are long gone. The days of large, expansive orchard in High Blantyre are gone, however, I still felt some accomplishment in returning fruit trees to High Blantyre and seeing “the fruits of my labours”. I have hopes for a better crop next year.
Pictures are from July 2017
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