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Re: PLUMS

Postby Jacksparrow » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:03 pm

It is that time of year again and my Victoria Plum tree is well loaded with fruit :) . In common with most years a certain amount of the plums ripen ahead of all the others and in common with previous years they all have something inside. Namely a grub which has been munching inside for several weeks.
I picked 20 plums today( the first of the season) and all but one were not fit for consumption. :(
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Re: PLUMS

Postby greenfinch2 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:26 pm

That is a pretty sad picking.
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Placido » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:12 am

Sympathise with your disappointment, Jacksparrow :(. However, in our Golden Age of super-abundant alternative foods there is always a different course of action.
Have you considered purchasing a packet of prunes ?
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Jacksparrow » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:33 pm

Placido wrote:Sympathise with your disappointment, Jacksparrow :(. However, in our Golden Age of super-abundant alternative foods there is always a different course of action.
Have you considered purchasing a packet of prunes ?

I acknowledge your suggestion but for the time being I shall wait patiently for the edible Vics to ripen.
PS I picked about 30 today. All but one had a lodger. :weep:
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Re: PLUMS

Postby nuthatch » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:10 am

:hug2:
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Jacksparrow » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:45 pm

The hit rate on finding an eatable plum has now risen to 1 in 3 in the latest batch. :)
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Placido » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:10 am

Well, firty-free percent isn't a bad ratio, now is it :) ?? Enough to make a modest plum cake :pot:.
We'll all be round later :) .......
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Jacksparrow » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:11 pm

The first thing to report is that the 2018 harvest will be very poor :( After the last few seasons where supply exceeded demand this year only about 20(twenty) plums have made it. I have already thrown 4 away with brown rot and I picked a further 6 today all ruined by grubs. How many of the remaining plums will be edible remains to be seen but I will not be posting any photos of big bowls brimming with fruit as in years past. :weep:
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Re: PLUMS

Postby Placido » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:09 am

One is lost for words :cry3:. This is so unexpected; plans had been made.
All hopes are now pinned on the grape harvest for new HB flavours :unsure:
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