On the fruit side, however, there is better news.
When I moved here, there was a pear tree growing against the garage wall. Not the best place for a fruit tree – the wall is north-facing. It bore fruit for a couple of years, but for the last few years, it has been very poorly. Each year, it has been hit by some kind of bug, with leaf curl and no flowers. On some of the leaves there was some kind of bright violet fur – although I never found out what it was.
The year before last, I cut the tree back to the trunk, on a kill or cure mission, and I have been spraying it with a mild soap solution. Last year, it looked healthier, and this year it was looking even better.
In the meantime, my mum bought me a dwarf pear tree, which I currently have in a pot on the other side of the garden.
Anyway, this year, both trees are in full bloom:
In addition, I recently bought a small Fig Tree. It was a bit of a bargain, as the other Figs were all 15-20 pounds, but this specimen was just a couple of quid. I’ve been keeping it in the conservatory, and just putting it out in the garden on sunny days. To my surprise, it now has two small figs growing on it.