On the grove flowering has finally started. This year we are running two weeks behind last year. This is due to the cold spring where the weather was all stop start. The Olive trees listened to the cooler temperatures and delayed spring growth cycles.
I hadn't realised this was happening which resulted in me forecasting a light cropping year, because I couldn't see many flower follicles in September. I've now changed my mind, we are in for another good year! Plenty of flowers on all the trees.
Spring pruning was delayed as we waited for the flowers to come. I wanted to see what the flowers would be so we could then decide how much to prune. I didn't want to take off all my potential harvest. If my early forecast was correct then we were going to prune lightly. Thankfully I was wrong and we can now prune with regular gusto!
Roll on for a nice hot summer.
Telegraph Hill awarded Champion Olives in the 2014 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil awards. This is the third year running we have received this award, a great reward for the team here.
The award winning olives were our Traditional Olives. One assumes the judges liked the classic taste of these where we keep the salt low so that the olive flavour shines.
Amazing scientific research undertaken by a student in isolating the natural compounds in olive oil.
October 2013 we moved 31 Kalamata trees. They had a good growing season over the summer resulting in a good amount of foliage. They then have 'sat around' for the winter with no growth at all. The tallest trees are now around 2 meters and the smallest only up to my knees.