UK Changing Climate delivers bumper fruit crop

Our unpredictable UK climate has delivered an excellent crop of fruit this year. Up and down the country, gardeners and farmers are reporting both brilliant quality and quantity. The apples and pears are huge,  the plums are  sweet and delicious whilst the blackberries are simply everywhere. Great to have a bountiful crop before our gardens slip into a less productive period .

This is why I love gardening – the peaks and troughs are just so varied. To date, 2010  has been a mega year for climatic extremes – the coldest winter in 30 years, the first late spring since 1976, a heatwave in late June and the coldest August in 17 years – just what we gardeners need to keep us challenged!

Do share news of  fruit you are picking at the moment – love to hear what visitors are experiencing in their own gardens.I have noticed this yellow fruit growing in my neighbour’s garden. It looks like a very bright yellow pear – does anyone recognise the variety?

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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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