Friday, 7 August 2020

Plums and Damsons.

You can tell I'm on new blogger for this post, 1 photo centered and then the next won't centre, but at least it's easier to either justify or centre the writing than a few weeks ago.

Plums are ripening BUT the plum-moth trap didn't work - so another year of not biting before cutting open and if it isn't maggots from the moth then it's damage by the wasps. Such a good crop too. All of the above had maggots and their dropping inside - ugh - all looking much worse than the one I'd cut open first

There are even more Damsons than plums - but they are too sharp to eat straight off the tree. I've put two bags full in the freezer. One lot are for Damson Gin for the Christmas Hampers and the other lot for Damson jelly. It's impossible to get the stones out of them so I thought jelly would be easier to make. I ran a sharp knife round the damsons to slit the skins before freezing them so when cooked they should break down more easily.


Many bits of the country, including here in Suffolk are forecast to have a VERY hot day. I think I'll be keeping cool indoors. Must be getting old as I used to love sitting out in the sun!

Back Tomorrow
Sue


40 comments:

  1. Too hot here, but our sitting room at the back of the house is the coolest part, so at this time of year, our house is perfectly cool we can sit and watch wildlife in the garden.

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    1. I've done all my outside jobs, so now in the shade indoors

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  2. A client gave me a bowl full of plums yesterday. I shall enjoy munching my way through them! Arilx

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    1. Hope you don't find as many maggots as there are in mine!

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  3. Your Plums and Damsons are well ahead of mine. My Damsons make Gin and sometimes jam, but also end up in the freezer and get stewed up with apples for puddings.

    Heatwave not with us yet, but I was out early for my walk as Ican't walk in high temps and those are meant to be coming our way.

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  4. My damsons are not ready yet but the tree is heavy of fruit I do hope the damsons are okay for I know my next door neighbor wants to make jam for them, I only stew mine and put them in the freezer unless of course some will be eaten from the tree. It's very hot already here,, I have to wait for a call from the doctor this morning - he wants to have a chat with me about my recent blood tests I have had.
    Have a lovely day everyone.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈🌈

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  5. It's me again Sue I have just noticed in my mail posts you have several posts A QUIET LIKE IN SUFFOLK listed. Hazel c uk

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  6. Damson jam is one of my favourites. We have a good crop of plums this year just ripening on both trees, we've taken off a few that have been nibbled at or burrowed into I hope some of them will be okay. Like you I'm staying inside to stay cool as I can today:)

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    1. I'm having finding any that I can eat - so many maggots

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  7. Damsons and rhubarb - two flavours I miss here in Greece. Both make superb pies and jams. A friend used to share her damson crop with me and often they were so ripe you could actually eat them fresh - sweet rich plummy flavour and a little tart at the same time. Do enjoy them.

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  8. I think you're going to be hotter than we are today but, like you, I shall be keeping out of the sun. It's lucky I get up so early, as it means the outside jobs can be done before it gets too hot.

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    1. It was even hot hanging out the washing at 8am!

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  9. We had a Victoria plum tree in a previous house and they never got as far as a pot or pan as they were eaten fresh from the tree. Delicious! One year there were ants crawling all over it and ruining the fruit, so we got a sticky band to go round the bottom of the tree. Bad idea because then the tree was covered in aphids which we could never get rid of. You live and learn, don't you?

    When we were in Wales I actually managed to grow a plum tree from a plum stone, but sadly no plums as we only have the one tree. Never had the same success no matter how many times I tried. It's in a large pot, so we brought it with us.

    I used to love plum jam, but haven't had any type of jam in years.

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    1. Gardening is a constant battle with critters!

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  10. It's a never ending battle with wildlife. I generally lose so much of my apple crop to wasps and crows {which now just sit there looking at me hollering up at them} I might as well do away with the tree. It's misty, murky and miserably chilly here in west Wales ~ Again!

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    1. Sorry its not sunny in Wales, my apples are looking good but the wasps haven't moved in on them yet

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  11. On the rare times we found damsons I always made jelly with them.
    I've been having trouble with blogger as well, all my pictures are on the left. I notice the thumbnail pictures on your sidebar come and go as well (I always post a picture). Grrr :)

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    1. No idea about the thumbnail photos in side bar - strange.
      Don't like the new version of blogger at all

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  12. Your damsons are looking great. It's much cooler here in the North. No heatwave for us. X

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  13. We had windows open to sleep last night. Temps dropped into the 50s overnight. Lovely.
    I had trouble centering photos too and discovered if you use the text centering it will apply to photos. If you click on the photo and try the centering icon there the photo disappears for me.

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  14. A big chunk of our plum tree has split off and is hanging by only a quarter of the branch. Have cut off a lot of plums to try to save the rest but I suspect it's futile. They will take another couple of weeks here.

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  15. I make damson jam or jelly with the fruit that has been used for the gin. It has a lovely flavour.

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  16. Damson is my favourite jam but sadly our tree died so no more jam : (
    I used to find that when I added the sugar to the cooked damsons in the pan, the stone floated to the top and I could take just them out with a slotted spoon. I used to rinse the stones thoroughly with a bit of water and then used the fruity water to make up a red jelly. My kids used to love that.

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  17. I share your pain! We sprayed our plum trees earlier this year against the plum moth and I was planning to make plum wine. Today I cut open a dozen or so ripe fruits and all of them, bar one, had the moth caterillar inside. Ugh!

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  18. So sorry that your plums seem to have had so much damage from moths. I don't know if we have those in Canada.

    God bless.

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