The Teddington Gardener

A little light scrumping in the apple orchards…. plus pumpkins and the very curious medlar

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Holstein was a rich golden-green, with a lovely balance of acidity and sweet fruit and the trees were laden down. Barnack Orange too had this astringent freshness. Ingrid Marie awaits the taste test. In fact, the harvest appears to be rather splendid – the orchards go on for row upon row into the far distance – elsewhere there are plums and pears, a whole vineyard and soft fruit galore (currently closed off for renovation, likewise the fruit mount). I’ll be back in October to buy a few pounds of these applest and make an honest man of me…

and elswhere..

DSCF8647and a copse of Medlars…

DSCF8649DSCF8648DSCF8680DSCF8675I’ve yet to try a medlar, bletted (ripened) or no – though maybe this year. One or three links below expounding their horticultural/garden and culinary qualities…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3339015/A-fantastically-fruitful-tree-for-all-seasons.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3316487/If-you-want-a-tree-that-combines-good-looks-with-old-fashioned-charm-and-fruitfulness-you-need-look-no-further-than-a-quince-or-a-medlar-says-Ursula-Buchan-Best-eaten-with-a-runcible-spoon.html

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/medlars

For the Autumn calendar of events at Wisley –

Taste of Autumn Festival 15th – 19th October

https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Wisley-Taste-of-Autumn-Festival

https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/Whats-on-at-RHS-Gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-garden-wisley

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