We have had our first few strawberries of this year (the ones that the chickens did not get to first) and there is lots of fruit yet to come. I have to say that I am really looking forward to getting apples, blackberries, raspberries and possibly plums a little later in the year. Signs are looking good so far for a fairly bountiful fruit harvest.
Here are a few more pictures of the fruit developing. It is great getting to know the orchard/ forest garden a little better as the year goes by.
There are also some brambles in wilder corners and a greengage tree and an elder (currently in full bloom) in the back garden. We could pick the blossom and use it to make an elderflower cordial or wine but we are leaving most of it to get the berries later in the year. Unfortunately since everything except the raspberries and strawberries was here when we moved in, we do not have a clue about which varieties we have, so I hope to learn at least a bit more as the year goes on.
We are so lucky to have so much fruit already here, but already we are thinking about increasing our fruit stock in years to come. I know I would like to get a rhubarb patch going, and grow some gooseberries, and currants… one step at a time.