Edible Gardening at The Drip

European-style production of fruit and vegetables has been part of life at The Drip since the mid 19th century. That is less than one hundred and fifty years, a very short time frame in terms of the human habitation of this valley. In the past, although much was achieved,  serious mistakes were made, and today we are still working towards understanding how best to produce fresh food in a sustainable and healthy manner.

An ancient double-grafted pear, a gnarled Blood Plum and an old English mulberry on the hill below The Old Olive Grove all date from the early European settlement of this property as does the chestnut tree in the old orchard and several orange trees in the citrus grove.  Extraordinarily these trees, now over 130 years old, are still bearing fruit, indicating  surely that this valley can indeed become a valuable and  bountiful food bowl with proper custodianship.

Over the last twenty years we have,  in a number of separate garden areas across the property,  added  almost 100 additional varieties of fruit and nut trees to the property, including substantial plantings of certain varieties such as oil producing olives..Plantings continue and will be updated on this page as they occur .

Olives and Almonds in the Old Olive Grove
Hardys Mammoth 
Three varieties of Almond, Early mid and late

Olives in the New Olive Grove
Giant Kalamata

Trees and Shrubs in The Nuttery

Nut Trees
Pecan -Carya illinoinensis Apache
Pecan -Carya illinoinensis Cherokee
Pecan Carya illinoinensis unidentified variety probably an indian tribe
Chestnut Castanea sativa
Walnut  Juglans regia
Walnut Juglans nigra
Hazelnuts to be added as  hedging 

Calomondin or Australian cumquat

Crab apple Malus spectabilis
Crab apple Malus yunnanensis
Crab apple Malus trilobata
Damson plum
Elderberry - golden and red  leaf Sambucus nigra
Medlar Mespilus germanicus

Aromatic and Fragrant Trees and Shrubs
Pink Peppercorn Schinus terebinthifolius 
Schinus molle
Mock Orange Philadelphus coronaria

Mock Orange Philadelphus Lemoine variety

Lemon Verbena
Lime Verbena

Australian Mint Bush Prostanthera rotundifolia *(local species)
Buddleia davidii Black Knight
Buddleia davidii Royal Red

Buddleia davidii Pink Delight
Buddleia davidii White
Buddleia davidii Lilac lemoine variety
Lilac Syringa vulgaris Alice Eastwood

Lilac Syringa vulgaris Belle de Nancy

Lilac Syringa vulgaris Charles Joly

Lilac Syringa vulgaris Marceau
Lilac Syringa vulgaris Katherine Havermeyer
Lilac Syringa vulgaris Madame Lemoine

Other trees
Jacaranda planted by Wes and Lindsay in 1998
Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum

Trees in The Citrus Grove
Seville Orange
Washington Navel Orange
Tahitian Lime
Blood Orange
Orange ????????????
Meyer Lemon
Plus Original unidentified variety of bitter oranges planted in 1880

Fruit Trees in The Espaliery

Nagami Cumquat 
Chinotto - Citrus myrtiflia
Satsuma Blood Plum
Angelique Plum
French Plum
Japanese Plum
Green Gage Plum
Golden Gage Plum
Fuji Apple
Golden Delicious Apple
Beure Bosc Pear
Nashi Pear
Smyrna Quince x2 Quince
Brown Turkey Fig
Black Genoa Fig
White Adriatic Fig
Yellow Excel Fig
 Nashi Pear

Fruit, Vines and Herbs in The Cottage Garden
Grape Sultana
Grape Waltham Cross
Grape White Muscat
Grape Flame Seedless
Pineapple Sage
Garden Sage
Silver Variegated Thyme

In the West Wing Garden
Persimmon - Dai Dai Maru
Kaffir Lime
Bay Tree
Sangiovese Grape

Fruit Trees in Tubs and Pots
Lisbon Lemon 
Lemonade Tree
Dwarf Peach Sunset
Dwarf Nectarine Nectazee
Dwarf 2way graft - Nectazee Nectartine/Pixzee Peach

Fruit Trees in the Old Orchard
Anzac Peach
Fragar Peach
Mid season Peach
Moorepark Apricot
Blenheim Apricot
Early Oolens Apricot
Wandin Pride apple
Snow Apple
Napolean Biggareau Cherry
Blackboy Cherry
White nectarine
Yellow nectarine

Flowers in the Cut Flower Garden
Dahlia Delbard Soleil Couchant
Dahlia Delbard Canaries
Dahlia Delbard Chambord
Dahlia -Red Decoratiove
Dahlia  Drip SElf sown Seedling

Rose Just Joey
Rose Papa Meilland
Rose Souvenir de la Malmaison
Rose Gloire de Dijon
Rose Blue Moon
Rose Marilyn Monroe
Rose Tuscan Sun
Rose Burnt Coffee?
Tree Peony
Tree Peony
Herbaceous Peony
Alstromeria varieties

A Calendar of Food Production at The Drip Mudgee

JANUARY  Tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes. Chillies, salad greens,  Japanese and European Plums, Gages, late Peaches yellow and White,nectarines, Dutch Cream young potatoes

FEBRUARY Late European Plums, Nashi Pears,table grapes

MARCH Figs, Quinces, Green Olives, wine  grapes

APRIL Black Olives, Apples, Persimmon

MAY Black Olives,

JUNE Kale, Horse Radish,

JULY Citrus


SEPTEMBER Citrus, stewed rhubarb, early asparagus, broad beans

OCTOBER Cumquats are at their peak;  rhubard, asparagus, broad beans

NOVEMBER: Shahtoot, Mulberries, rhubard

DECEMBER Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, early Japanese Plum.

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