When moving into a new build in June 2013, I had the intention to plant fruit trees and bushes. I moved a blackcurrent bush from the previous house, and bought a second bush. These were planted directly in the ground.
However, given the clay soil and despite my best endeavours to improve the soil the bushes did not thrive, so in early 2014 I had a raised bed construction and replanted them.
My plans for fruit changed with a combination of raised beds and pot grown trees. So at the beginning of May 2016, I have four patio fruit trees, including pear, plum and apple. These are now producing leaves. Unfortunately the cherry tree I got last year did not root after planting and subsequently died.
The Victoria Plum bloomed well in 2015 and produced some embryonic fruit although none matured. It has been pruned and leaves are growing.
After moving to a raised bed in 2014, the blackcurrants are thriving and have produced fruit in the last two years.
The raspberry canes are sprouting again this, although there was no fruit in 2015, after a small harvest in 2014. The rhubarb has thrived since planting in 2014 and another good harvest is promised this year.