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Comment by Lissa on November 29, 2015 at 5:45

Beautiful Barbara. I want to sink my teeth into one but they are just out of reach :/

Susan - I can see your "sneaky" garden gradually taking over that park. If you get any grief from the council you want to go check out Jerry C-W's website for inspiration and possible assistance.

Comment by Susan on November 28, 2015 at 19:13

Oooohh new fruit tree to find a place for.  You guys aren't doing anything to help curb my addictions :)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 28, 2015 at 17:00

Ours grew in Sydney even without frosts, more cool hours then we get here. The China Flats were more regular in shape and flatter as I recall. The idea of Angels never mind Dwarf ones ;-) ...

For a lot of plants eg Parsnips and I'm sure stone fruits in general, frost or very cold does contribute to flavour as it is supposed to do with Apples.

Although the commercial stone fruits come from cold spots ours are fresh-picked and organic. Gotta make a difference!

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 28, 2015 at 12:03

I wonder if the slightly inferior flavour has more to do with reduced chill than variety. We used to live in Chelmer when I was little, and got frosts now and then, and the flavour of our China Flats was wonderful - even with the occasional grub.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 28, 2015 at 11:56

Actually, no, Elaine. These are "Dwarf Angel Peach". Not, to my taste , as nice as the China Flats, which we had when I was a kid in the 50's, but good for jam. I've just  (a month or so ago) received a China Flat from Daley's, which is powering along. I'm only hoping that there will be enough chill hours for it where I've put it, as where I live doesn't get very cold in Winter.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 28, 2015 at 11:12

Good grief - China Flats - my Dad used to grow them in the 40s and they were an old-fashioned variety even then. They have made a comeback I have noticed. Stephanie Alexander is growing them much to my surprise.


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