Challenger displaying deep green coloured foliage, indicating robust good health, and large, heavy cones.
Challenger again, looking quite jungle.
Challenger on the right, first year Cobb's Goldings on the left. You would expect the youngsters to be far more spindly with very few cones.
These first year Cobb's are going to produce a crop, an extremely rare feat in the UK.
Northdown, looking very pretty.
A little rain last night (and today) will have perked the bines up a bit and helped put more weight on the cones. The forecast is giving showers, sunshine and a breeze or two for the next week, warm and dry conditions thereafter. Storms remain the monster threat, as ever.
If this lot gets blown down I'll cry like a proper man.