When we moved here we tried to help our children settle in by planting fruit trees. They chose the trees and planted them. Someone told us that children feel at home if they are involved with the garden. So now, thanks to them we have a mini orchard. We have cherries, damsons and apples.
I’ve just made my first batch of Damson Gin for 2013. I’ve had to buy in damsons this year. My damson trees were covered with blossom in spring but each tree only produced a few fruit which I’ve left for the birds. I spoke to a local farmer about it and he said ” Aye that’ll be reet. It’s all or nowt with damsons”
Just a few days of rain and warmer temperatures have made a real difference to our gardens. The fruit trees are in bloom and it’s not just us who are impressed with the blossom. As usual the bees hone in on the flowers to collect pollen and today I’ve noticed ladybirds hunting for aphids.
The damson is the first fruit tree to flower in my garden. This year the blossom is late. Today I spotted a haze of white froth against the clear blue sky. You’ll see them in the hedgerows now. It’s worth inspecting the twiggy trees closely to see the tiny beautiful flowers and all the beneficial insects they attract.