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 Japanese medlar. A very beautiful and very useful tree. Now for the first time i have seen them in flower. They are flowering now. The flowers smell very nice and the bees and insects love them. I now know 4 flowering trees in the area. I hope i will be able to collect fruit and seeds in order to grow them from seeds. The only negative thing about this tree is that it's not well adapted to growing in brittany yet. I plan to change that by doing several mass sowings and planting them very close together in mini big forest style and harvesting and resowing directly the seeds of the first one that flowers. That way flowering should happen quicker and the tree will become better adapted to growing here. Japanese medlar flowering Fairly large plant about 5 meters tall
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 Monkey puzzle. I found monkey puzzle pine nuts for the first time. I went to collect them under several different trees. There are slight differences in the size of the nuts. There is also differences in taste. Some tasted ok and some really nice raw. Fried in a pan makes them taste even better but if you leave them too long they turn hard. I didn't try boiling them in water yet. In the neighbouring village there is a huge female tree that the owner wants to chop down. I am personnally not at all worried about this tree becoming rare or extinct. In brittany alone there are hundreds if not thousands of monkey puzzle trees. Large tree nearby. Differences in size and appearance of araucaria araucana nuts
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 Potato onion breeding. The onions didn't grow very well this year. It was too dry and i didn't have time to water them. A big surprise was the size of some of the green mountain x large onion plants. They all made white onions which unfortunately puts a huge question mark on to whether some crossing did happen. Some of the offspring should have not been white if the cross worked. The size of the largest white ones in itself at 5 and a half centimeters diameter is not very impressive but considering that all the other seed grown ones produced really small bulbs and that i harvested the white ones early when the leaves were still green their size is unusually big which makes me hope that i will find a good new variety next year.
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Layering Avocado. After having managed to layer gevuina avellana and chaenomeles japonica i am now trying to do this with the avocado. I found a small low growing branch on my young avocado tree. I clipped off all the leaves and cut a slit into the tiny stem. I wedged a piece of matchstick into the wound so it stays open. I am trying it without rooting hormon this time. The avocado is a fantastic seedling with a strong anis smell of the crushed leaves indicating mexican genetics. I am using a mixture i am trying out lately that i found on an internet video and that seems to work very well. One third washed sand, one third perlites and one third peat moss. The difficulty will be to keep the soil moist enough for a whole year and since the avocado is growing in my polytunnel i will need to regularly check on it to avoid it drying out. Small side shoot growing at the base of the stem Sideshoot with a piece of matchstick placed in the cut, put through the bottom of a plastic pot. Pot fille
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 Avocado. I am very happy to have managed to get seeds from a very cold-hardy mexican avocado variety. Described by some people as the most cold-hardy avocado Del Rio was originally found growing in the town of Del Rio in Texas and the original tree has survived a temperature of -14 Celsius (7 F) without dying back all the way to the ground. This is amazing, but make no mistake. Cold temperatures in dry texas climates undoubtedly allow for such records. As soon as you are growing in humid climates temperatures way less cold are more lethal, i think. I will try growing these and to protect them in their first years. My hope is that if they reach 2 meters and more in height they will no longer completely die back in winter even unprotected.
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 Layering gevuina avellana Roots have formed on one of the three branches. The pot under the tree with the branch going through   The cutting replanted with the leaves trimmed back. My largest gevuina now about 2.6 meters tall. I hope it will flower soon.
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 Potato onions. This year was a very dry year and the potato onions that i selected last year divided but stayed very small. I didn't have the time to water them. The potato onions that i grew from seed grew very large in comparison but i also didn't water them or gave them any special treatment. I saw that some of them were starting to get eaten so i decided to harvest them despite all the leaves still being green. The white green mountain x large onion po's grown from seed. Three of the largest white seed grown potato onions next to the largest nest of potato onions from the previous year that already dried down and finished their growth cycle. Signs of a larger bulbed variety?  Time will tell.......