Pruning the greengage tree in Terry’s garden in Preston Park, Brighton. This tree’s over fifty years old; the previous gardeners grew it from a stone so there’s no root graft and it’s relatively serene in its growth, especially now it’s in its second half-century. All the more important to keep it in a good shape and not allow it to go straggly. There is a troublesome population of Plum Moths around here, nonetheless this old tree is continuing to give us a good crop of fruit every year for jam, desserts and a special stuffing for the bird on the table on Christmas Day.
His banana tree’s had a good year too.