My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

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

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 put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

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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