May 11th 2016 Wordless Wednesday

Not, quite wordless!  I don’t remember if I’ve ever shown the olives at this time of year.

The olives are in bud, just about to open

The olives are in bud, just about to open

The paler foliage is the new growth, this is what will have flowers and olives next year as the olives are formed on year old growth, which can make pruning tricky .

One of the olives, this is on the area where we part with the woodshed hidden behind it.

One of the olives, this is on the area where we part with the woodshed hidden behind it.

We keep all our olives low so that we don’t need to use ladders or extention machinery when we harvest.

Peppers are planted in the vegetable bed to the left of the tree with some slad crops planted just in the shade of the olive.

23 thoughts on “May 11th 2016 Wordless Wednesday

  1. What a beautifully shaped olive tree, Christina, I can see why you love them so. Someone told me that olive farmers aim to create an open enough shape for swallows to fly through, if that’s the case, it’s a lovely blueprint for pruning.

    • It is very young for an olive. All of the olives were here before we bought the house but I think it must have been in the ground about 25 years and would have been about 3 or 4 years old when planted.

  2. Olives are such attractive trees. Locally, I’m seeing a lot of them planted in large pots but, if they can be pruned to keep down their height (as issue here, as you know!), maybe I could plant one in the ground.

    • The olives are so often just in the background. I have one I’m pruning to be purely ornamental and not produce olives; I’ll show that soon, when I’ve pruned it for this year.

  3. Olive trees have such great character, I like seeing an area of your garden we don’t often get a glimpse of from that angle. I have a young olive in a pot, given to me as a present. It arrives as a carefully clipped ball on a stick, but I want to allow it to develop more character. Not that it will ever achieve the character to match yours!

    • Olives grow very quickly, easily more than a metre a year so you should be able to change the shape of yours quite easily. They respond to hard pruning by producing a mass of new stems from one cut, so think carefully about the shape you want.

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