Pretty Prunings and Plum Preserves

Hermann the German is nearly done with the winter pruning of our many fruit trees and so I have been harvesting the cuttings: bring them into the balmy indoors in a vase of water and you will be rewarded with your very own spring display.

Here: plum tree prunings in (forced) flower:

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 The rest of the prunings are added to our dead wood hedge – home to loads of grateful little creatures – the blackbirds and little robin redbreast being just two of them:

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And while waiting for this year’s blossoms to get blossoming in earnest I have been delving into the jars of bottled wild plums from last year’s harvest still gracing the cellar…

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and turning them into

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wild plum and apple jelly with vanilla

 wild plum conserve in meadowsweet syrup

Meadowsweet Syrup

Round about July I will remind you again why picking those wild plums really is worth the effort!

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