A Good Year for Plums

Our young Marjorie’s Seedling rewarded us well this year with a decent yield of gorgeous deep purple fruits tinged with blue which I’m pleased to have captured in the photograph – they really are that stunning to look at. They’re not at all bitter or sharp and make good eaters, we’ve enjoyed eating them fresh from the tree without the need for pulling silly faces. Marjorie’s Seedling are good cooking plums too, a perfect choice for jam making and other scrummy plummy recipes.

If your garden is a frost pocket in spring then Marjorie’s Seedling may be the answer to succeeding with plums, flowering later than other plum trees it stands a better chance of setting fruit.

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A Weekend of Planting Fruit Trees

 
This weekend we added 2 new trees to our mini orchard. We now have 3 different varieties of apple – Scrumptious, Bramley’s Seedling and Cox Orange Pippin, a Marjorie’s Seedling plum and a Williams’ Bon Chretien pear. Our Scrumptious and Cox produced good-sized fruit last season but the plum skipped fruiting altogether. However, it is now smothered in blossom so fingers crossed for plums this year.
 
All our trees are on a semi vigorous rootstock because we have the space, so I have been learning how to prune fruit trees paying attention to the way in which each of our chosen trees produce their fruit. For example, the Bramley’s Seedling is partial tip bearer, which means that most of the fruit is borne on the ends of the branches. For this reason it is wise not to throw caution to the wind while pruning, otherwise you may end up with no fruit for quite some time.