Plum Bums

‘Plums are just like giant grapes with bums’

Here are just some of the ripe plums we’ve picked from the rickety old plum tree in our garden over the last couple of days – we’ve eaten some as they are, stewed some, frozen some, and given loads away to friends and family… And still they keep on coming!

PS Eldest granddaughter commented that our delicious juicy plums were just like giant grapes with bums – ha ha ha ha! 🙂

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Ripening Plums

The old plum tree is really heavy with fruit this year, to the extent that we’ve already lost a couple of its most heavily-laden branches – one even hit the greenhouse, falling from on high with a resounding crack and breaking a pane of glass on its way down so not a great start to our gardening relationship. Sadly we’ve reached the conclusion the tree is simply too old to be safe in the garden any more, so this year – our first – will probably have to be its last.

But for now the fat plums that remain huddled in place on the tree are ripening slowly, a few advance party early adopters have already fallen on the ground and the birds certainly seem to be enjoying eating them so we’ll see how things go over the next month or so. Hopefully we should still end up with a decent crop of sweet, juicy plums to share with the rest of the family – we’ve certainly had plenty offers from everyone to help use them up when the time comes! 🙂

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Plum Blossom

This is our first spring in our new house, so it’s such fun seeing what appears next in the garden.

There are two very old plum trees that seriously look like they need to be cut down – there are clear signs of disease quite low down and several large branches have broken off completely over the winter, leaving sharp jagged edges of rotten wood pointing accusingly like bony fingers peeking out from ragged-edged sleeves. And yet… look at the beautiful blossom these gnarled old plum trees have produced, delicate and new, offering the promise of a bumper crop of fruit this autumn regardless of age.

So perhaps instead I’ll try simply pruning the deadwood and diseased branches away, and let the rest flourish on into the future after all… 🙂

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