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Tuesday 8 April 2014

100 Flowers : #022 #023 #024 #025 dreaming of fruits to come

Before the blossom fades and is blown away in the stiff breeze, here are flowers that promise delicious fruits later in year . . .

#022 Prunus domestica

Greengage var: Cambridge Gage

Regular readers of PPPs will know how much I love Greengages, more specifically the best gage of all the very best fruit in the whole world* – the Cambridge Gage. This is a variation of the wild cherry plums that was found somewhere in a Cambridgeshire hedge, it reproduces by suckers which are of course identical to the parent tree. The blossom is one of the earliest top-fruit trees to flower so is vulnerable to late frost and cold dull weather when there will be no pollinating insects.

* my personal opinion

#023 Pyrus communis

Pear var: Beurre Hardy

Another fruit blossom vulnerable to a late frost or non-pollination because of inclement weather, a dessert pear. This one is Beurre Hardy, it's a young tree I'm attempting to train against our garden wall. So far we have only had 3 or 4 fruits . . . they where indeed delicious - sweet, juicy and butter-soft flesh.

#024 Ribes uva-crispa

Gooseberry var: Invicta

The warm spring weather means the flowers are fading fast and little fruits forming on the Gooseberry bushes, but I wanted to show the flowers because they are very pretty and quite unusual. Look at the little upturned rust coloured petals! When the fruit forms these will be the dry tuft or 'nub' on the bottom of the Gooseberry. 

And yes Gooseberries are a perfect accompaniment to rich Goose meat or with Mackerel, as the french name Groseille à Maquereau suggests.

#025 Ribes rubrum

Currant var: White Versailles

Surprisingly a White Currant is a Red Currant (Ribes rubrum) without the colour, and because it has no bitter red colour the flavour is slightly sweeter. As you can see, the flowers are similar to those of the Gooseberry to which it is closely related, but they grow along long dangling stalks. White Currants can be made into the most beautiful sophisticated jellies or water ices . . . but unless I protect the ripening fruit form the birds it will be but a dream.

One thing you learn from growing you own fruit, is not to count your fruits before they and ripe and ready to pick. Blossom may promise the delights of sweet juicy fruits . . . but promises are there to be broken.

Meanwhile, a girl can dream!



  1. My gooseberry bush has flowers the very first time, so I'm delighted to see the gooseberry flower celebrated here amongst the more blowsy blossoms!

  2. I've got a Beurre Hardy pear as well, which will be in bloom very soon. The Cambridge Gage sounds delicious, greengages are something I would definitely grow it I had the room.

  3. Cherry plums! Or gages. Fabulous, to see them in hedgerows, though I suppose as more are grubbed out that will be another little bit of England lost...

  4. We have greengages lining the bottom of our garden and I love them, so sweet and juicy - that's if we can get them before the wasps do! Our blossom is very thick this year so hoping for good weather and a good crop.

  5. Greengages are my favourite plum as well sadly the wasps love them just as much as I do so it is a continual battle as to who gets them first.

  6. Celia, I join you in your praise of greengage plums, but wonder if I have ever tasted a true Cambridge gage.

    May each and every one of your garden dreams come true...and please do show us the glorious fruits as they actually appear.

    Your spring is really, really ahead of ours now...just galloping ahead.


  7. Think our greengage is looking rather sorry for itself - might be after some Cambridge gages!

  8. Eek! Its truly spring with photos like these! Gorgeous.
    Must admit something, *blush* I have never tried a greengage!

  9. Another lover of greengages here, aren't they just the best fruit ever!


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