TIME FOR A CHANGE from my habitual pen and watercolour; I drew these Howgate Wonder
cooking apples (just about passable as eaters in a good year) growing on the double
cordon by the patio with an H (for hard) pencil before adding watercolour. This and
the Golden Spire cordon alongside it, growing in a sunny bed the size of a couple
of door-mats by next door’s wall, are now in their second year. They produced lots
of blossom which attracted the bumble bees and consequently they’re now so heavy
with developing fruit that we’ve had to give them some extra support by tying them
in to garden canes.
You win some you lose some: we’ve had our eyes on a dozen ripening blueberries on
two plants in pots on the patio. Despite us having netted them to discourage the
birds, a young blackbird ate every one of them this afternoon!
It enjoyed its feast so much that it wouldn’t move away even when Barbara stood right
next to it! We’ve shrouded the plants in garden fleece so hopefully out of sight
will be out of mind for this cheeky young blackbird, but somehow I doubt it. There
are still plenty of ripening berries on the plants.