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.Apricot 'Moorpark'A sour or acid cherry with dark juice. Use for cooking or for jam.Cherry 'Morello'The decorative yellow fruits can be cooked to make jelly.Crab apple Malus x zumi var. calocarpa 'Golden Hornet'The yellow fruits are streaked with red. Grow on a
and cherry laurel, but against one hoarding is a mass of ivy and it’s still in flower.Ivy is a very important late nectar source for all sorts. The bush is ablaze and abuzz with insects. Twenty or more red admirals and small tortoiseshells vie with countless
and sweeping grey and black whiskers at both head and tail ends. They'll eat almost anything, even tough poisonous cherry laurel.And that's the other thing about most insects, it is the larva that is the long-lived stage, spending weeks, months or even years
be layers of food from tall trees through shrubs down to perennials and ground cover. So starting with things like chestnuts (Castanea sativa); cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) and obvious things like apples, mulberries and plums. Then shrubby stuff like
is so unexpected and so swift that you're only able to take six plants from your existing garden.So which six plants will you choose? Will you go for something big - a favourite cherry or a noble oak? Maybe an evergreen to liven up your winter? A rose
, and you'll see what I mean. Feeders provide seed and peanuts for birds all-year-round. Plants with fruits and berries are grown to provide birds with fresh pickings - especially my cherries and soft fruits, where I'm sometime lucky to get a look in! Apple
fruit and veg Top 10:So many tomatoes that the scent of them envelopes me as I enter the greenhouse. I’ll grow cherry ones, yellow ones, black ones and large, knobbly ones.
Rows and rows of garlic, both soft- and hard-necked.
Enough aubergines to live
follow.The other feature my garden lacks is fruiting shrubs. I have an ornamental cherry tree donated by a neighbour, but I've yet to see if it produces fruit (it's single-flowered though, which is promising). There's a redcurrant and a native honeysuckle