Every spring, I think I now have collected the most edible going to grow in our climate, and every autumn, When I start looking through nurseries catalogs or talking to other plant geeks will be the brand new plants on my wish list. This year, it added many strange plants that should have a place in Putt Myra forest garden and the first three I present in this post.
Chimärhagtorn (Crataegomespilus dardarii)
This plant is known as a chimera of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and loquat (Mespilus germanica). This means that there are cells of both parents in different parts of the plant. It is, so to speak two genetically different individuals who have formed a common organism, where different parts of the parents taking on different tasks. A chimera is not the same as a hybrid, which is the junction between two species that form a genetic uniformity individual. The fruit of this hagtornsmispel can be either hawthorn or loquat, depending on the cell array which predominate in each shot. Hagtornsmispel should be resistant to cultivation zone IV, It thrives in sun to partial shade and bush becomes 2-4 m high. Chimeric Hawthorn grows in the botanical garden in Uppsala Here there is a brief description of the plant.
Snowdrop (Halesia carolina)
Snödroppsträdet is one of the trees that Martin Crawford shows in his films, and I have long wanted to try. The tree blooms beautifully and gets later in the season small star-shaped fruit that tastes a bit like peas. They can also be inserted in vinegar, little as the seed pods of radishes that are a delicacy in Germany. I saw a beautiful specimen of this shrub (which can be up to 6 m high and wide) near the castle in Örebro and my hope is that it will thrive in one of the better locations in my home garden. Snödroppsträdet prefers damp, slightly acidic soil in full sun to partial shade.
American pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum)
Another tree in Martin Crawford's woodland garden which aroused much ha-desire in me is his Sichuan pepper (Zanthoxylum schinifolium), whose real name is Korean pepper trees in Swedish. Imagine being able to be self-sufficient in pepper! At the Korean pepper tree is only hardy to -20 ° C and thus functions probably not so good in many parts of Sweden. However, there is a relative who has similar properties, but which in theory is significantly tougher, namely the American pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) to be able to withstand temperatures to -35 ° C. I have for years been looking for the seeds of this plant, and last fall appeared suddenly seedlings www.wildobstschnecke.de. The tree will be approximately 4 m high and as wide and grows in both sun and semi-shade. It is provided with large tags and also spill by roots, so I will need to keep an eye on the plant so that it takes care of itself. It is the red berries that are used as a spice. If you want to get viable seeds requires both a he- and a female plant, but I have not learned yet how to distinguish between them.
Today the hit 2 on our year-long forest gardening course This in Stjärnsund and it is precisely pepper trees that participants will plant tomorrow. Before that, however, the ground prepared properly and the next post will be about the strategies that have worked for us.