Thus is the pendulum of unpredictabililty ever swinging and the year of 2017 will probably see a large fall in soft and top fruit crops compared to 2016 due to the unfavourable weather over the last couple of months. 2016 of course was a great year for fruit and we saw our blackcurrant bushes bursting with dark berries as well as our friends soft fruit bushes and strawberry plants (again thank you for letting us have your excess fruit) and anyone that notices these things will have seen plenty of wild fruit such as blackberries in the hedgerows.
Whilst few of us are qualified as climatologists, meteorologists or agronomists I suspect most of us know that too little water doesn't aid growth for plants... or a late frost isn't good for blossom which, in turn, means fewer fruit (remember your biology lessons from school about plant reproduction). Given the current dry conditions and the early spring warmth followed by a dreaded sudden frost, when new growth had already come through, we can state with some confidence that 2017 will not be as abundant as 2016. But what will now be key is some lovely, much needed, rain followed by a sumptuous summer of sunshine to ripen the fruit that has made it this far. Fingers crossed... and then there is the caterpillars to think about at the moment as they try to work their way through the leaves on our goosberry bushes!