First time I have ever tried to grow fruit, i.e. a relative novice. So you can imagine my surprise and delight when my Raspberries Polkas started to appear a couple of weeks ago (a month early!). Now growing in abundance and with a little bit of added sugar... "Absolutely delicious!!!!"
Supplied as a containerised tree pruned to approximately 2 - 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall including pot.Available from approximately mid June 2013.
Sometimes known as Blackthorn, it is actually the fruit of the bush that is known as the sloe.
A native to the UK, these are often found growing wild in hedgerows and scrub land - but for those wanting to guarantee a supply of Sloes (or should that be homemade sloe gin?) there is no better way than planting a few.
In April and May they are covered in clouds of pretty bowl-shaped white flowers which, come the Autumn, will result in a heavy crop of those all important blue-black fruits. We find it better to let the fruits have a frost or two before picking as this will sweeten the fruit ever so slightly - worth considering when making jams and jellies.
These really are a bit of England's heritage. The wood was a favourite in times of old for making magical wands and divining rods; in more recent times it has been said make the best walking sticks.
Its medicinal uses are also legendary. It is said a tea made from the leaves is a mild purgative and will also help with bladder problems and bronchial problems; the fresh juice from the fruit is said to help throat infections - but as they are so 'sharp' we think you'd have to be feeling pretty poorly to try that!
Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
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Fruit Tree Pollination Simplified (hopefully)
Information on fruit tree fertility, pollination and compatibility, with simple explanations of regularly used terms.
Pollinator Friendly Plants
A detailed guide to the seeds and plants Victoriana Nurseries sell that will attract and provide a food source to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.
How To Plant Bare Root & Potted Fruit Trees (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen explaining the differences between a bare root and potted fruit tree, and how to plant them.
How To Plant Fruit Trees & Nut Trees
Detailed advice on planting fruit and nut trees - including advice on container growing.
Sloe Gin Recipe
A traditional recipe for making sloe gin that can easily be adapted for making other fruit gins or vodkas.