A GOBLIN MARKETful of Fruit

Illustration for Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market and Other Poems. Wood engraving by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1862). Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

“Come buy, come buy,” cry the goblin men in the classic Victorian poem, Goblin Market (1859), telling of temptation and the power of sisterly love. Like the goblins, we have an impressive selection of fruit to entice you, but we don’t accept ‘golden curls’ as payment – our prices are much more reasonable! No forbidden fruit here – just plenty of old favourites, as well as some lesser-known delights. We have all the soft fruit and fruit trees you need for your garden, allotment, orchard, patio or balcony.

Morning and evening
Maids heard the goblins cry:
“Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy:
Apples and quinces,
Lemons and oranges,
Plump unpeck’d cherries,
Melons and raspberries,
Bloom-down-cheek’d peaches,
Swart-headed mulberries,
Wild free-born cranberries,
Crab-apples, dewberries,
Pine-apples, blackberries,
Apricots, strawberries;—
All ripe together
In summer weather,—
Morns that pass by,
Fair eves that fly;
Come buy, come buy:
Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Pomegranates full and fine,
Dates and sharp bullaces,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and bilberries,
Taste them and try:
Currants and gooseberries,
Bright-fire-like barberries,
Figs to fill your mouth,
Citrons from the South,
Sweet to tongue and sound to eye;
Come buy, come buy.”

Read the full poem here.

FRUIT STOCK AVAILABILITY AS OF FEBRUARY 2021

please note: demand is high and stock levels are always changing. ALTHOUGH WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO KEEP THIS LIST UPDATED UNTIL THE END OF THE BARE-ROOT SEASON (with new additions as well as depletions), TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE MAKING A JOURNEY FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC. ALL PLANTS/TREES ARE BARE-ROOT, unless stated otherwise

APPLES AND QUINCES,

Apple Cox’s Orange Pippin Famous dessert apple with green-yellow skin flushed with red. Great flavour – some consider it to be the best eating apple in the world! Eat straight from the tree or use for juicing. Use October – January. Pollination group 3. Raised around 1825 in Buckinghamshire. (M26, 2 year bush) £12.99

Apple Self-Fertile Cox A self-fertile sport of the classic Cox’s Orange Pippin. Pick October. Stores until January. Introduced 1975 in Bristol. (M26, 2 year bush) £12.99. SOLD OUT. Also M26 (2 year bush) £14.40 and M9 (2 year bush) £23.30.

Apple Elstar RHS AGM Use late October to December. Pollination group 3. (M26, 2 year bush) £14.40

Apple Queen Cox Self Fertile 18 RHS AGM A self-fertile selection of Queen Cox. Higher yields than Cox and fruit slightly redder in colour. Raised in Essex in 1858. (M9, 1 year, interstem double graft) £19. Also container-grown (M9) £24.99

Apple Bramley’s Seedling RHS AGM Very vigorous cooking & juicing apple, producing heavy crops. Use November – March. Stores well. (Pollination group 3 – TRIPLOID – see fruit tree pollination link below) (M26 + unknown rootstock, 2 year bush) £12.99

Apple Bramley 20 More compact and less vigorous than Bramley’s Seedling and with heavier crops, so much better for smaller gardens. Suitable for cooking and juicing. Ready to pick mid-October. (Pollination group 3 – TRIPLOID – see fruit tree pollination link below) (M9, bush) £25.50

Apple Falstaff RHS AGM (M26, 2 year bush) Dessert apple but also cooks well & good for juice, excellent taste & texture, easy to grow, reliable, self-fertile & a good pollinator for other apple trees. £12.99

Apple Blenheim Orange RHS AGM Heritage dual-purpose apple discovered growing in Blenheim Park, Oxfordshire around 1740. Has golden yellow apples with an orange flush/red striping and creamy white flesh. Pick early October and may be stored until January. (Pollination group 3 – TRIPLOID – see fruit tree pollination link below) (M26, 2 year bush) £12.99

Apple Katy (James Grieve x Worcester Pearmain) A very pretty, early dessert apple, firm and juicy with a strawberry-like flavour. Also suitable for juicing. Pick early September, but does not keep. Pollination group 3 – a very good pollinator for other apples. (M26, 2 year bush) £12.99 & £14.40.

Apple Discovery RHS AGM (Worcester Pearmain x Beauty of Bath) One of the best early dessert apples with good disease-resistance. Has a reasonably compact habit. Red apples with an excellent flavour. Raised in Essex around 1949 and introduced in Suffolk 1962. (M26, 2 year bush) £12.99

Apple Braeburn Superb dessert apple with distinctly mottled skin. Best in a sunny, sheltered site. Discoverd in New Zealand in the 1950s. Pick early November and may be stored until March. Pollination group 4. (MM106, 2 year bush) £12.99

Apple James Grieve RHS AGM A popular early dessert apple with red-flushed skin. Good for eating, juicing and cooking. Produces reliable crops and has a refreshing flavour. Pick early September, stores until October. Self-fertile. Pollination group 3. Raised in Edinburgh and first recorded in 1897. M26 (2 year bush) £12.99 SOLD OUT (M26, 2 year bush) £14.40

Apple Kidd’s Orange Red RHS AGM Very attractive dessert apple. Fruit may be used November to January. (M9, 2 year bush) £19.90

Apple Red Windsor (Syn. Red Alkmene/Sweet Lilibet) RHS AGM Produces large crops of juicy red aromatic fruits. Pollination group 2. Perfect for smaller gardens. Partially self-fertile. (M9, knip) £19

Apple Golden Delicious RHS AGM Produces large crops of very sweet and succulent green-yellow fruit. A good keeper. Use November – February. Pollination group 4 – makes a good pollinator for other apples. (M9, 2 year bush) £19.90

Apple Little Pax Late season dessert apple with sweet & aromatic, bright red fruit with yellow markings. Good keeper. The original seedling tree was discovered in the grounds of the 19th century St Cecilia’s Abbey on the Isle of Wight in 2000. Pick in October, and may be stored until February if refrigerated. Pollination group 3, a good pollinator for other apples. (M9, 2 year bush) £20.90. Also (M9 & MM106, container-grown) £28.80

Apple Meridian A modern dessert apple, a cross between ‘Falstaff’ & ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’, introduced in 2000. Suitable for eating and juicing. Stripey orange-red over pale green. Juicy and flavoursome! Pollination group 3. (M26, container-grown) £21.99

Apple Greensleeves RHS AGM (James Grieve x Golden Delicious) Produces heavy crops of crisp fruit which become sweeter. Easy to grow. Pick late September – October. Self fertile, pollination group 3 – makes a good pollinator for other varieties. (M26, container-grown) £22.99. Also (M9, container-grown) £25.99

Apple Howgate Wonder Heavy-cropping, dual-purpose apple. Use as a cooker when picked mid-Oct to Dec or for eating Jan-March as the apples sweeten. One of the largest available cooking apples – often wins ‘Biggest Apple in the World’ prizes. Partially self fertile. Pollination group 3. Good for organic growing due to its good pest & disease resistance. Raised on the Isle of Wight and introduced in 1932. (MM106, container-grown) £22.99

Apple Fiesta (Syn. Red Pippin) (Cox’s Orange Pippin x Idared) Excellent garden tree with Cox-like characteristics. Heavy crops. Good for eating, juicing and may even be used for cooking as it keeps its shape and flavour well. Pick early October and may be stored until January. (M26, container-grown) £19.95. Also (M9, container-grown) £25.50.

Apple Worcester Pearmain RHS AGM Produces heavy crops of scarlet fruit with a strong strawberry flavour when fully ripe. Use late September to October. Pollination group 3. (M26, container-grown) £22.99

Apple Ballerina varieties – Samba and Flamenco. Their narrow, upright habit makes these trees great in a small space. Container-grown trees from £19.80

Apple Red Belle de Boskoop Red version of heritage variety “Belle de Boskoop’ from the Netherlands. Produces large, dual-purpose fruit with some russeting. Keeps its shape well when cooked. Has large white flowers and a spreading habit which makes it very attractive. (TRIPLOID – see fruit tree pollination link below) (Container-grown) £26.90

Apple Scrumptious RHS AGM A sweet, crisp and juicy dessert apple with regular crops and a good flavour. Self fertile. Pollination group 3. (M9, container-grown) £22.70

Apple D’Arcy Spice (Syn. Baddow Pippin) A late-season dessert apple with sweet, spicy fruit with green skin, flushed red or even purple. Best flavour develops with good autumn sunshine. Pollination group 4. (MM106, container-grown) £23.99

Apple Bardsey Island Dual-purpose, pollination group B. Fruit is striped pink over cream. The mother tree was discovered on the Welsh island in 1998 and was also called ‘Merlin’s Apple’ by locals as King Arthur’s Merlin was reputedly buried in a glass coffin on the hillside above. (M26, container-grown) £18.80

Apple Lord Lambourne RHS AGM (James Grieve x Worcester Pearmain) An old favourite producing reliable crops of sweet & juicy, striped fruit, good for eating or juicing. A good garden variety as growth is compact. Raised in Bedford (1907) and introduced in the 1920s. Pollination group 2. Ready to pick in September and may be stored until November. (M26, 2 year bush) £14.40. Also M9, container-grown £25.50

Quince Vranja RHS AGM A traditional quince with fragrant large pale green-yellow fruit for making jams, jellies and vodka! Pick in October & stores until December. Self-fertile. Pinkish-white flowers in spring. Introduced to the UK from Serbia in the early 19th century. £14.40

Quince Meech’s Prolific Heavy crops of very large, distinctively aromatic fruit. Introduced in the USA around 1880. Pick October & store until December. (Container-grown) £21.95

Quince Aromatnaya (Syn. Krymsk) A reliably heavy cropper. Smooth, rounded fruit. May be eaten fresh or use for cooking. Delightful pale pink flowers in spring. Self-fertile. Originated from southern Russia in the 1900s. (Quince A rootstock, container-grown) £24.80

The quince – an ancient symbol of love and fertility.

Apples (Malus) and quinces (Cydonia) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

LEMONS AND ORANGES,

Lemon Citrus x limon Young plants in small containers, ideal for growing on in terracotta or ceramic pots so they can be placed on a sunny patio during the summer and moved to a frost-free site such as a greenhouse or conservatory in winter. £9.25

Citrus x microcarpa RHS AGM (Calamondin, and various other common names, including Philippine lemon) A cross between a tangerine and a kumquat, producing small fragrant white flowers followed by acidic oranges about 3-4cm across. The fruits are best cooked – makes great marmalade! May be grown in pots on a sunny patio and placed in a frost-free site such as a greenhouse or conservatory in winter. Container-grown £23.99, also young plants available in small containers £9.25

Citrus x microcarpa (Calamondin)

Citrus japonica RHS AGM (Kumquat) Fragrant white flowers followed by round orange fruits up to 4cm across with sweet rind and acidic flesh. The most cold-hardy of all the citrus. May be placed outside in the summer. £35

BBC Gardener’s World guide to growing oranges and lemons in the UK

BBC Gardener’s World video telling you where to position your lemon tree throughout the year.

PLUMP UNPECK’D CHERRIES,

Compact Stella RHS AGM Self fertile dessert cherry with sweet black fruits. Ideal in a sunny site. (Colt, 2 year bush) £14.40 SOLD OUT

Morello RHS AGM Dark red, self fertile culinary cherry with an excellent flavour, pick late July-Aug, suits North walls. (Colt, 2 year bush) £14.40

Lapins Cherokee Large, deep red-black cherries which are sweet and juicy and resistant to splitting. Pick late July. Vigourous, upright growth habit. Self-fertile. (Colt, 2 year bush) £14.40

Sunburst Large sweet, dark red fruit with a good flavour, ripens late July. Self fertile. Good for pollinating insects. (Colt, 2 year bush) £14.40

Merton Glory Large white, heart-shaped, sweet cherries. The skin has a red flush on the sunny side. Pick late June/early July. Bred by John Innes Institute, Surrey (1931). Good disease resistance. Pollination group 2. (Colt, container-grown) £16.95 & £22.95

Summer Sun RHS AGM Very hardy, excellent flavour, suitable for patio pots. Partially self-fertile but needs another cherry such as Stella or Morello to crop really well. Developed at the John Innes Centre, Norwich in 1970. (1 year maiden, Gisela 5 – dwarf rootstock) £26.50 Also available container-grown on Gisela 5 rootstock £35.

Penny RHS AGM Late-cropping, with sweet, dark red fruit. Bred especially for British conditions (1998). Requires a pollinating partner such as Stella, Sunburst or Morello. (1 year maiden, Gisela 5 – dwarf rootstock) £28.50

Cherry ‘Penny’

Athos Naturally dwarf bush cherry, self-fertile, pick early July. (Patio, own rootstock, 11.5 litre pot) £44

Stardust Coveu The first and only self-fertile cherry with white flesh – they’re said to be the sweetest! Pick late July. (Patio, Gisela 5, 11.5 litre pot) £46

Cherries (Prunus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

MELONS AND RASPBERRIES,

Melons are tender and best grown under glass in the UK. We sell young plants in spring/early summer, usually around April, May, June. Alternatively, grow your own from seed – we have Suttons F1 Lavi Gal (Galia melon) for sowing March-May. Pack of 10 seeds. £3.99

Raspberry Glen Clova (early season) £1.40 each or £13 for 10. SOLD OUT

Raspberry Glen Ample RHS AGM (mid season, heavy crops of large fruit, spine-free, good disease resistance) £1.80 each or £17 for 10.

Raspberry Tulameen RHS AGM (mid-late season, very sweet, large fruit) £1.40 each or £13 for 10. SOLD OUT

Raspberry Autumn Bliss RHS AGM (autumn fruiting/primocane, excellent flavour) £1.40 each or £13 for 10. SOLD OUT

Raspberry Joan J RHS AGM (autumn fruiting/primocane, spine-free, easy to grow, well-suited to double cropping) £1.80 each or £17 for 10.

Raspberry Polka RHS AGM (autumn fruiting/primocane, large fruit from midsummer to first frosts, little support required) £1.99 each or £19 for 10. SOLD OUT

Raspberry Sweet Sunshine (spine-free dwarf variety for patio pots, 2 litre pot) £6.60. VERY FEW REMAINING

Raspberry ‘Sweet Sunshine’ – excellent for patio pots.

Raspberries (Rubus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

BLOOM-DOWN-CHEEK’D PEACHES,

Peach Bellegarde Introduced to the UK in 1732, self fertile, pick mid September, ideal for greenhouse growing. (1 year maiden, St Julien A) £28

Peach Amsden June The earliest peach to ripen, discovered 1865 in the USA, self fertile, pick late June. (1 year maiden, St Julien A) £28

Peach ‘Meldred’ A compact peach, great for the patio as it only get about 2m (6′) high. Deep pink flowers in spring are followed by good-sized fruits, ready to pick in August. Container-grown. £23.99

Flower buds getting ready to open on “Meldred” peach trees in early spring.

Peach Garden Lady Genetic dwarf variety discovered in New Zealand in the 1950s, self fertile, pick mid August. (Patio, top-worked at 45cm, 8.5 litre pot) £35

Peach Terrace Amber A naturally dwarf variety, self fertile, pick mid August. (Patio, top-worked at 45cm, 8.5 litre pot) £35

Peaches (Prunus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

SWART-HEADED MULBERRIES,

Morus nigra RHS AGM (container-grown) from £11.80

Morus alba ‘Pendula’ (container-grown) from £44.99

Mulberry ‘Chelsea’ (Syn. ‘King James I) (container-grown) £44

Mulberry ‘Chelsea’/”King James I’

Mulberry ‘Mojo Berry’ (Japanese) (Syn. Charlotte Russe) (patio variety, 11.5 litre pot) A unique dwarf variety, fruiting from a very young age. The sweet, black and juicy fruit may be used for cooking or eating fresh and is ready to pick in July. Winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award in 2017. £49.99

Mulberry ‘Giant Fruit’ (Syn. Pakistan) (12 litre pot, half standard) A superb sight with fruit two to three times the size of normal mulberries! Dual-purpose. Ready to pick in August. Frost-sensitive. £44.99

Mulberry ‘Jerusalem’ (Half-standard, container-grown) A form with large black fruits, derived from an old tree in the city of Jerusalem. Delicious eaten fresh or for culinary purposes. Pick in August. £39.95

WILD FREE-BORN CRANBERRIES,

We’re out of CRANBERRIES (Vaccinium macrocarpon) at the moment, but we do have some of their relatives – lingonberries and blueberries, plus other highly nutritious berries:

Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Fireballs’ (Lirome) – A small, evergreen shrub with nutritious red fruits (lingonberries/cowberries) which ripen mid-late autumn. Pick before the first frosts. Like blueberries and cranberries, require moist, acid soil. Planting in groups encourages pollination and, therefore, more berries. £10.80

BLUEBERRIES

Nutritious fruits, high in antioxidants. Blueberries require moist, acid soil (so use ericaceous compost if planting in pots, and water with rainwater.) Some plants will set fruit on their own, but all will give much heavier yields if you plant three different varieties. We currently have a selection in stock including Duke & Patriot (both early season), North Country (early-mid), Bluecrop, Chippewa, Grover & Bonus (mid season), Hortblue Petite (mid-late), Liberty (late season). There’s even a pink blueberry – Pink Lemonade!

2 litre pots from £8.80 each or any 3 for £25

3 litre pots from £9.80 each or any 3 for £27

Other sizes/prices also available.

Blueberries (Vaccinium) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

Plus

JUNEBERRIES (Saskatoons)

Similar to blueberries, but higher in antioxidants and easier to grow!

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Northline Dark purple fruit. Good yields even from young plants. Suitable for the garden or patio. (7 litre pot, bush) £29.99

And also

HONEYBERRY (Lonicera caerulea)

A member of the honeysuckle family, relatively new to the UK, with fruit similar to blueberries (but, unlike blueberries, no acid soil is needed). Suitable for cooking and eating fresh. High in vitamin C and antioxidants. Native to Siberia – so very hardy! Best planted in full sun. Yields will be increased by planting two or more plants. Height & spread approx. 1.8 x 1.5m (6′ x 5′).

‘Martin’ Blue-black oblong fruits. Harvest in June. (Bush, 3 litre pot) £12.99

Honeyberry ‘Martin”

CRAB APPLES, DEWBERRIES,

Malus sylvestris Delightful native tree associated with love and marriage. The fragrant spring blossom is followed by autumn fruits for jam and jelly-making. Also an excellent tree for wildlife and a mistletoe host tree. £16.60

Malus sylvestris

Malus ‘Butterball’ RHS AGM Pink-tinged, white flowers in spring are followed by cascades of orange-yellow, red-flushed crab apples on the drooping branches in autumn. Great for crab apple jelly. (Container-grown) £19.80 SOLD OUT

Malus ‘John Downie’ Small tree with white blossom, pink in bud, followed by heavy crops of orange-red crab apples which are great for culinary use. (Container-grown) £23.99

Malus ‘Jelly King’ (Syn. ‘Mattfru’) RHS AGM Superb new introduction with large, orange-pink fruit that persist well. Makes excellent pink jelly. Scented white flowers. (12 litre pot) £44

Malus ‘Jelly King’

Malus ‘Scarlet Brandywine’ Fragrant dark pink double flowers and orange fruit. Excellent disease resistance. (12 litre pot) £44

A highly ornamental crab apple.

Crab apples (Malus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators; however, ‘Scarlet Brandywine’ is an exception as it has double flowers.

Instead of dewberries (Rubus caesius) we can offer two hybrid Rubus fruits –

Loganberry (Rubus x loganobaccus) A raspberry and blackberry cross. Large deep red fruit from late summer – great for jams and dessert. Self fertile. The vigorous rambling branches need permanent support. £6.99

Loganberry

Tayberry RHS AGM Another blackberry and raspberry cross, originating in Scotland and named after the River Tay. Tayberries produce greater yields and larger, sweeter fruit than loganberries. Harvest in July. Great for cooking, freezing and jam-making, the fruit can also be eaten fresh. (Container-grown) £6.99. Tayberry ‘Medana’ (2 litre pot) £9.99

Tayberries are great for pollinating insects.

Both Loganberries and Tayberries are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

PINE-APPLES, BLACKBERRIES,

We don’t stock pineapples as a rule – but Gardener’s World give you instructions here on how to try propagating your own plants from shop-bought pineapples! We DO stock deliciously scented herbs such as pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’) and pineapple sage (Salvia rutilans) in pots from £1.70 each or 5 for £8.

BLACKBERRY (Rubus fruticosus) The large deep red/black fruit may be harvested from late summer – great for jams and dessert. Self-fertile. The vigorous rambling branches need permanent support. Varieties currently in stock – Black Satin (thornless) & Oregon Thornless (high yields and cut leaves), both container-grown, £6.99

Blackberry ‘Oregon Thornless’

Blackberries are RHS Plants for Pollinators.


APRICOTS, STRAWBERRIES; –

Apricot Tomcot Reliable variety producing large fruit with a red blush & intense flavour. Self-fertile. (Wavit semi-vigorous rootstock, container-grown) £41

Apricot Compacta A naturally dwarf eating variety, self fertile, pick late July. (Bush, St Julien A, 12 litre pot) £44

Apricot ‘Compacta’ grows to a maximum height of 2 metres – perfect for small spaces!

Strawberry Cambridge Favourite RHS AGM Medium-sized fruits with a good flavour. Excellent disease resistance. (mid season) £4.40 for 10. SOLD OUT.

Strawberry Honeoye RHS AGM Heavy crops with a good flavour. (early season) £4.99 for 10. SOLD OUT.

Strawberry Elsanta (mid season) Heavy crops with a superb flavour. A widely-grown commercial variety. £5.50 for 10. SOLD OUT.

All bare root strawberries have now sold out. We currently have packs of 6 plants for £4.40. Regular supplies will be arriving throughout the spring. Varieties – Cambridge Favourite, Pegasus, Hapil, Rosie, Red Gauntlet and Elsanta.

Single plants in small pots are also available £1.70 each while stocks last (Cambridge Favourite, Elsanta, Honeoye.)

Strawberries are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

OUR GRAPES FRESH FROM THE VINE,

Lakemont Indoors or outdoors. Seedless yellow fruit with a muscat flavour. Mildew-resistant. Attractive autumn leaf colour. Pick in September. (3 litre pot) £14.99

Strawberry (Fragola) Outdoor. Rich flavour with a strong hint of strawberry. Easy to grow. Very productive. Pick in September. (3 litre pot) £14.99

Muscat Bleu Outdoor. A modern blue-black eating grape. Resistant to mildew. Easy to grow. Does well in the UK. Pick in September. (3 litre pot) £14.99

Grape ‘Muscat Bleu’

POMEGRANATES FULL AND FINE,

Punica granatum ‘Flore Plena’ Beautiful double red-orange flowers. The fruits require a hot summer & autumn to ripen well. Best grown in a sunny, sheltered position, in a pot or against a warm wall, or in an unheated greenhouse. Frost hardy to -5°C (23°F). (Container-grown) £16.99

DATES AND SHARP BULLACES,

The Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis, RHS AGM) is usually in stock. Grown as an ornamental in mild parts of the UK, although edible when ripe, the dates are not the best…

No bullaces at the moment, although we do have:

SLOES (60-80cm)

Prunus spinosa (Native hedgerow plant, great for wildlife and sloe gin!) 99p each or 10 for £9.

and

MIRABELLES (Prunus)

Ruby COLUMNAR Has the largest fruit of all the mirabelles, very sweet, dark red flesh, upright habit. Partially self-fertile. (1 year maiden, St Julien A) £21

Mirabelle ‘Ruby’

Gypsy For eating fresh & also cooking, bright red fruits with orange flesh. Partially self-fertile. (1 year maiden, St Julien A) £21.

Sloes (Prunus) and mirabelles (Prunus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

RARE PEARS AND GREENGAGES,

Bare-root pear trees from £14.40

Pear Robin An old Norfolk variety, small to medium-sized fruits with an excellent flavour. Ripens mid September. Pollination group 3. (Quince A, 2 year bush) £14.40

Pear Beth RHS AGM Dessert pear with tasty melting flesh. Pollination group 3. (Quince A, 2 year bush) £14.40. Also available on Quince Eline dwarf rootstock in 11.5 litre patio pots, £44

Pear Williams’ Bon Chrétien RHS AGM A popular heritage variety, discovered in 1770 (Berkshire). Very sweet and juicy flesh. Pick late August, stores until September. Suitably hardy to be grown in Northern areas or a north wall. Pollination group 3. (Quince A, 2 year bush) £14.40

Pear Doyenné Du Comice RHS AGM A French dessert pear, grown in England since 1858. Juicy, with a rich flavour. Best planted in a warm site. Pollination group 4. (Quince A, 2 year bush) £14.40. Also container-grown from £18.95. Container-grown on Quince Eline dwarf rootstock £29

Pear Conference RHS AGM A popular garden variety with sweet and juicy melting flesh. Ready to pick late September. Raised in Hertfordshire in the 19th century. Self-fertile, pollination group 3. (1 year maiden, Quince C) £19.90. Container-grown on Quince Eline dwarf rootstock £29

Pear Concorde RHS AGM A cross between Conference and Doyenné du Comice. One of the best varieties for organic growing. Sweet and juicy with melting buttery flesh and a subtle flavour. Ready to pick late September. Raised in Kent (1977). Self-fertile, pollination group 4. (1 year maiden, Quince C) £19.90. Also container-grown on Quince Eline dwarf rootstock £29, and in 11.5 litre patio pot, £44

Pear Sensation A sport (natural variation) of Williams’ Bon Chrétien, and very similar except it crops earlier and has red skin, as well as red-tinged young leaves. The flesh is melting and juicy and the tree itself has a narrow, upright habit. Pick mid-August. Discovered in Australia in the 1940s. Pollination group 3 – Conference, Comice and Louise Bonne of Jersey are all suitable pollination partners. (1 year interstem, Quince Eline – dwarf rootstock) £19.90. Also container-grown on Quince C rootstock. £22

Pear Louise Bonne of Jersey RHS AGM A reliable dessert pear with red-flushed, green-yellow skin. The white flesh is juicy and melting. Another heritage variety – raised in Normandy, France in 1780. Originally called Louise d’Avranches, but was renamed when it was introduced to the UK via Jersey. Pick September for eating October-November. Pollination group 2 – suitable pollination partners are Beth, Conference or Williams’ Bon Chrétien. (Quince A, 2 year bush) £22.50

Asian pear Kumoi (Nashi/Chinese pear) With fruits resembling russet apples and large white flowers, these are ornamental as well as delicious! Crisp white flesh with a sweet, strawberry-like flavour. Pick in September & store until November. Keeps for several weeks in the fridge. Self-fertile. (Container-grown, on dwarf rootstock) £25.99 and £26.99

Old English Green Gage (2 year bush, St Julien A) £14.40. SOLD OUT Also container-grown on VVA1 (dwarf) rootstock £27.70

Gage Violet (Syn. Reine Claude Violette) A very old dessert variety of unknown origin, documented as new in 1780. Purple skin with a violet bloom and green flesh which is sweet and juicy. Freestone. Ripens August-September. Best grown against a warm wall to do well. Partially self-fertile. (1 year maiden, VVA-1 dwarf rootstock) £25

Gage Willingham A sweet and tasty gage which can be used for eating fresh or cooking. Self-fertile. Originates from Cambridge (19th century). (1 year maiden, VVA-1 dwarf rootstock) £25

Pears (Pyrus) and gages (Prunus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

DAMSONS AND BILBERRIES,

Damson Merryweather Produces relatively large blue-black fruits which may be used for both cooking and eating fresh. Pick late September. Clingstone. Introduced in 1907 (Nottinghamshire). Self-fertile, pollination group 3. (2 year bush, St Julien A) £14.40 SOLD OUT

Damson ‘Merryweather’

No bilberry PLANTS unfortunately, but we do have bilberry SEEDS in the shop so you can grow your own! Also known as the European blueberry, bilberries are compact and low-growing, up to 30cm high. Use the fruits for jams, juice and tarts. Pack of approx. 50 seeds. Sow late February to April. £3.99

Damsons (Prunus) and billberries (Vaccinium) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

CURRANTS AND GOOSEBERRIES,

Bare-root gooseberries and currants under the old oak tree.

Blackcurrant Ben Sarek (2 year bush) £3.50 each.

Blackcurrant Titania (2 year bush) £3.50 each.

Blackcurrant Ebony (2 year bush) £5.50 each.

Redcurrant Jonkheers Van Tets (2 year bush) £3.50 each.

Redcurrant Rovada (2 year bush) Heavy crops, ripens late summer, long strings of large fruit. £5.50 each.

Whitecurrant White Versailles (2 year bush) Vigorous, upright bush, sweet, ripens mid to late summer. £3.50

Blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

Gooseberry Invictor RHS AGM (1.5 litre pot) Heavy-cropping, pale green fruit, ripens late July. RHS Plant for Pollinators £4.70

Gooseberry Captivator (2 year bush) Virtually thornless, sweet, green then red fruit from July, very hardy. £6.50

Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Red (2 year bush) Easy to grow, heavy crops of ruby-red fruit, ripens mid-July, disease-resistant – similar to Whinham’s Industry but has resistance to mildew. £6.80

Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Yellow (2 year bush) Heavy crops of sweet, yellow-green fruit, mid-season, some disease-resistance. £6.80

BRIGHT-FIRE-LIKE BARBERRIES

Sour barberries are from the Berberis family and are a common ingredient in Iranian cooking. In the UK Berberis is usually grown as an ornamental shrub or hedging plant, and many have flowers which are good for pollinating insects. Berberis vulgaris (European barberry), Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) and Berberis canadensis (American barberry) are three of the most common species. We always have a selection available with the ornamental shrubs.

FIGS TO FILL YOUR MOUTH,

Great for the garden or warm, sunny walls, the greenhouse or even patio pots – fruiting improves when the roots are restricted.

Ficus carica (Container-grown) Handsome leaves and green/purple fruit. From £8.80

Brown Turkey RHS AGM (Container-grown) Reliable crops with a good flavour. Currently out of stock but more will be in very soon!

Ice Crystal RHS AGM (Container-grown) Attractive, deeply-divided leaves and yellow autumn leaf colour. Small fruits. From £9.90

Fig “Ice Crystal’

CITRONS FROM THE SOUTH,

The original citrus species, the citron (Citrus medica) is said to have originated in India and been in cultivation for millenia. All natural and artificial hybrids have since developed from this and two other ancient citrus. Frost tender, so need to be grown in a greenhouse or conservatory in the UK.

Citrus limetta (Sweet lime) A cross between the citron and a bitter orange. The oval green fruits ripen to yellow. Pick off the plant only when fully ripe. (Container-grown) £35.99

Citrus x aurantifolia (Mexican/Key lime) Another citrus hybrid with citron parentage. Young, container-grown plants £9.25

PLUMS ON THEIR TWIGS;

Victoria RHS AGM The most popular plum variety in the world! Self-fertile. (2 year bush, St Julien A) £14.40. Also available as a 2 year spindle bush/knip, (VVA-1 dwarf rootstock) which will need permanent staking but require minimal pruning & shaping. These trees will be very highly productive and may be planted more closely together. £29

Yellow Pershore (Syn. Yellow Egg Plum) Produces heavy crops of large yellow plums, a traditional culinary plum – and a favourite for bottling. May be eaten straight from the tree when fully ripe. Pick mid-August. Disease-resistant and easy to grow. Discovered in Worcestershire in the 19th century. Self-fertile. Pollination group 2. (2 year bush, St Julien A) £14.40

Opal RHS AGM The ‘early Victoria’. Produces heavy crops of reddish-purple fruit with yellow flesh and a delicious flavour. Freestone. Raised in Sweden in 1925. Self-fertile. Pick late July. (2 year bush, St Julien A) £14.40. Also container-grown on VVA1 dwarf rootstock £37.

Bare-root Opal plums heeled in on one of the fruit tree beds. £14.40 each.

Jubilee (Syn. Jubileum) A cross between Victoria and Czar. Similar taste and appearance to Victoria but with much larger fruit and ready to pick a week earlier. Developed in Sweden in 1985. Freestone. Self-fertile. (WAVIT, container-grown) £33

Haganta Produces heavy crops of large aromatic blue plums with sweet yellow flesh suitable for cooking or eating. Freestone. Keeps well into November. Disease-resistant. A popular German variety. Partially self-fertile, pollination group 3. (WAVIT, container-grown) £32

Czar RHS AGM An old English classic producing reliable crops of dark purple plums with yellow flesh. Good for eating, cooking and bottling. Raised in Hertfordshire in the 19th century. Self-fertile. (VVA1 dwarf rootstock, container-grown) £37

Plum ‘Czar’

Plums (Prunus) are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

AND ALL THE REST…

NECTARINES (Prunus)

Nectarine Garden Beauty Naturally dwarf variety, self fertile, pick late August. (Patio, top-worked at 45cm, 8.5 litre pot) £35 SOLD OUT

Nectarine Mesembrine The sweetest flat nectarine. Yellow skin, flushed red and melting yellow flesh. Self fertile. Pretty pink flowers in spring. Ready to pick in August. (Container-grown, St Julien A) £29.80

MEDLAR (Mespilus germanica)

Grown by the Romans and Ancient Greeks and widely grown in England in mediaeval times, when they were known rather indelicately as ‘open arses’. The fruit is sweetest and best eaten once ‘bletted’ – i.e. almost rotten! Here you can find a medlar tart recipe from The Good Housewife’s Jewel (1597).

Nottingham RHS AGM A very attractive tree with large white flowers. Although small (4cm), the fruits have the best flavour. May be used for eating or cooking. Self-fertile. £14.40 Also container-grown £23.99

Medlars are RHS Plants for Pollinators.

INTER-SPECIFIC HYBRID FRUIT

Aprium (Prunus) ‘Aprisali’ RHS AGM Apricot x Plum hybrid. Self fertile, dual-purpose crimson fruit, crops early in July. Compact grower & very hardy. (Bush, St Julien A, 12.5 litre pot.) £39.99

Aprimira ‘Miracot’ Mirabelle x Apricot hybrid. Self-fertile dessert fruit, sweet & aromatic. Crops early August with a long picking period. Freestone. An RHS Plant for Pollinators. (Bush, St Julien A, 12 litre pot.) £49

Cherrycot (Prunus) ‘Aprikyra’ Cherry x Apricot hybrid. Self fertile, pick late July. (Bush, St Julien A, 12.5 litre pot) £44

RHUBARB CROWNS

Timperley Early (can be ready outside as early as February, earlier if forced) £2.50 each or 3 for £7.

Victoria Heritage variety and one of the easiest to grow. Sweet and tender stalks. Introduced to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837. £3.50 each or 3 for £10.

KIWI (Actinidia deliciosa)

Kiwi Jenny A self-fertile, hardy climber for a sunny, sheltered spot. Harvest August/September. (Container-grown) from £9.50

Fruit tree rootstocks can be confusing but this chart clearly explains the different types.

For more information on fruit tree pollination click here.

Planting bare root trees and caring for rootstocks.

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