My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden ~ apple trees


 I’m pleased with an early season dwarf apple – Maclear  onto an M9 rootstock. It was a new variety when I bought the tree in 2000.  I had small space I wanted to fill so this tree seemed to suit the situation. Six years later and the heavy crop of apples has been ripening since end of December. The fruit is small to medium size, green skinned with red stripes. It tastes sweet, is juicy and the grandkids like eating this apple _ and yes, so do the birds! The tree seems to be quite hardy and so far, there’s been no codlin moth or blackspot. I’ve had to stake this tree. I underplanted with lavender and comfrey as I did with the other apple trees.

 Maclear Apple Maclear apple

 Another apple variety that we really enjoy is the Captain Kidd. It will ripen in March. It’s grafted onto a rootstock MM106 that suits our conditions and space and holds well in the soil.  It has a red, streaky skin, a good taste and again, seems to be living up to the claim that it’s resistant to blackspot. For the last three to four years, we’ve had regular and heavy crops of apples off this tree.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

2 thoughts on “My Garden ~ apple trees

  1. i love your blog–i hope to have a nice sunday afternoon this coming weekend to read through.

  2. good blog i will spend more time reading it soon

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