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Olives from British Groves - 12/09/2008
 
A chance seedling, discovered in France 20 years ago, was found to be unusually hardy...

A chance seedling, discovered in France 20 years ago, was found to be unusually hardy – down to minus 20ºC (minus 4ºF), and is now offered to UK gardeners as small trees by the mail order supplier. Its “delicate glaucous foliage and textured bark… add a delightful feel of the Mediterranean to many of our sheltered and urban gardens” notes a piece in the Times (2 Sept, 2008). Until now, gardeners in areas where frost is a danger have had to keep such tender olive trees indoors over the winter. However, Olive Veronique, grown in the ground or in containers “should bear enough fruit in hot summers to make a jar of your own olive oil, provided that it is grown in well-drained gritty soil and is not allowed to become waterlogged,” promises the Times, without mentioning the taste.  
 
 

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