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Dragon’s blood

The Dragon’s Blood plum tree, propped

The plum tree in the photo is called ‘Sangue di Drago’ (Dragon’s Blood) because of the red flesh and juice of the ripe plums.

It’s one of the most beautiful trees in the orchard because its branches curve gracefully towards the ground.

This year it gets full marks for effort because it has produced so many plums, and brought such a high proportion of them to near-maturity, that I’ve had to ask our Tunisian gardener to prop its branches.

He hammered in 6 iron fence posts and tied the branches to them, making a sort of tent.

Unfortunately one of the branches is already broken from the weight of fruit – possibly also with assistance from Kepler who likes jumping for those tantalising baubles among the leaves.

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  1. July 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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