I went up to my Mum and Dad’s on Sunday. They live north of Melbourne, about 60km from Coburg in a place which is, on average, about 4 degrees cooler. In fact if I check the temperature gauge in my car just before I set out I can almost always predict what temperature it will be when I get there. This 4 degrees can be a bad thing – winters there are pretty chilly. But it can also be a good thing – their parsley has yet to bolt whereas mine has been sending up flower stalks for weeks.
What it also means is that a lot of the fruit tends to be a bit behind Melbourne’s, but looking at their trees they have a lot coming on. Cherries tend to do well in that part of the world and their 3 year old tree has some beautiful bunches developing. The figs are also developing nicely and actually look to be further along than mine.
But it’s the stone fruit – the apricots, nectarines, plums and peaches that I am most jealous of.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have the space to grow all these?