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One plum tree: A Reprieve?

it seems that the natural world moves in very mysterious ways. Yesterday I posted about our one plum tree and my consideration that it should be axed. 

I wasn’t sure it would ever fruit properly. 

I was trying to be the big man and make a good decision. 

I reached out to you guys to seek advice, support and recommendations. 

So the blog community is more diverse than we thought. Word got out. There was a reaction. It didn’t take long. 

Today there was a protest. The tree was occupied by a peaceful group of supporters.  


They filled her branches and delivered their petition. It wasn’t an online one or a survey. Just a straightforward grass roots mass movement. A sit in or should that be a buzz in. 

(I’ve also done some further reading and it says that plum trees start fruiting in three to six years. That could well mean that she’s only just started to fruit, I guess. )

Shall I give her another chance? 

I think the bees are telling me I should. 

14 comments on “One plum tree: A Reprieve?

  1. saraheklima
    June 17, 2015

    That was really well written. I like this haha. I guess this is one of those good things take time type situations 🙂 Have a great day

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  2. Grower
    June 17, 2015

    Ha ha! The bees must read your blog. I hope someone was able to capture the swarm. If you do keep the tree, keep an eye on it in future years. It seems like bees tend to swarm to the same spots repeatedly.

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  3. Rach
    June 17, 2015

    Wonderful post! Sounds like a good reason not to let the tree go just yet.

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  4. solarbeez
    June 18, 2015

    I’ve got a pear tree like that. Never any fruit. Every year I’m thinking THIS is the year I’m taking it down. Today I looked at it again. I asked my wife, “How did that tree survive my easy to start chainsaw yet again?” Her reply, “I see a little pear growing on it.” “Humph…it’s an awfully small pear, but I guess I’ll keep the tree for awhile.” It would have made it much easier if I had had a nice big swarm of bees in it. 🙂

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    • lizard100
      June 18, 2015

      It’s so tricky. Our pear tree and apple tree are very keen. There’s been a lot of fruit on them both.

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  5. Jackie
    June 18, 2015

    wow – love the bees

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  6. Equality 333
    June 24, 2015

    Good on the bees, seems their trying to tell you to keep it. I hope it produces some lovely fruit for you soon.

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  7. apiarylandlord
    June 30, 2015

    I had a tree I thought was a plum which came to nothing. I read that in the spring a few thwacks from teh back of a spade would probably solve the situation so I did this and sure enough that year it fruited. However it was a greengage tree rather than a plum. I told the story to a man who came to take my photo for a magazine. Sure enough, after a year or so had passed he got in touch to say the treatment had yielded results on his errant plum tree. Just sorry that I’m writing this too late for this year. Try this next spring to see if it helps your tree.

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    • lizard100
      July 3, 2015

      Wow. Was it in bloom at the time? How strange. I need to look into that.


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