#022 Prunus domestica
Greengage var: Cambridge Gage
* my personal opinion
#023 Pyrus communis
Pear var: Beurre Hardy
Another fruit blossom vulnerable to a late frost or non-pollination because of inclement weather, a dessert pear. This one is Beurre Hardy, it's a young tree I'm attempting to train against our garden wall. So far we have only had 3 or 4 fruits . . . they where indeed delicious - sweet, juicy and butter-soft flesh.
#024 Ribes uva-crispa
Gooseberry var: Invicta
The warm spring weather means the flowers are fading fast and little fruits forming on the Gooseberry bushes, but I wanted to show the flowers because they are very pretty and quite unusual. Look at the little upturned rust coloured petals! When the fruit forms these will be the dry tuft or 'nub' on the bottom of the Gooseberry.
And yes Gooseberries are a perfect accompaniment to rich Goose meat or with Mackerel, as the french name Groseille à Maquereau suggests.
#025 Ribes rubrum
Currant var: White Versailles
Surprisingly a White Currant is a Red Currant (Ribes rubrum) without the colour, and because it has no bitter red colour the flavour is slightly sweeter. As you can see, the flowers are similar to those of the Gooseberry to which it is closely related, but they grow along long dangling stalks. White Currants can be made into the most beautiful sophisticated jellies or water ices . . . but unless I protect the ripening fruit form the birds it will be but a dream.
One thing you learn from growing you own fruit, is not to count your fruits before they and ripe and ready to pick. Blossom may promise the delights of sweet juicy fruits . . . but promises are there to be broken.
Meanwhile, a girl can dream!