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Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ Apple Trees


Today, we took delivery of bare-rooted heirloom apple trees.  The nursery owner uses grafting wood sourced from organically grown or wild trees from old orchards. We asked for the trees to be grafted onto Northern Spy rootstock because it grows well on our clay soils.  The aim is to enjoy different apples across the seasons and also to play our part in preserving the older varieties.

According to the info sheet, Vaile Early is reliable and fruits in January.   I grew Egremont Russett in a previous garden. I love this apple – its golden brown skin and distinctive flavour. Always had good crops, so I have high hopes for my new tree. Priscilla is new to me but it comes recommended as a good mid-saeason variety, as being disease resistant and a good keeper. Two late season varieties new to me are Liberty – an American variety I understand to have been produced by Cornell University orchards about 1978 – which is described as disease resistant in our region and which stores well. Merlin’s Golden Late is described as a local seedling cross between Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.

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.

5 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Apple Trees

  1. How cool, to grow trees from bare root. There used to be an orchard on part of our land – many moons ago – so we have a lot of apple trees. Trouble is, they are old as the hills, produce really small apples, and the birds and worms get them all. I’m WAY too lazy to try to trim them, spray, fertilize, etc. – all the stuff they’d need. You are far more ambitious than I am!

  2. Amibitious or dreamer I’m not sure which, Jackie. These trees will have to tough it out – I don’t spray, won’t spray. They’ll be given special treatment at planting, be staked and have their own herbal ley (such as comfrey, lavender calendula and daffodils) and then it’s up to mother nature. I’ll take the credit in about five years time when we’re enjoying the fruits of our ‘labour’.

  3. Hello

    I have a small apple garden with about 20 trees. My garden has green and red apples. I am very eager to be able to write lovely words on apples while growing on the trees.
    I would be very happy to help me to be able to do the job. Any web address, file book or others could be useful.

    with best regards.

  4. Hi A.Ranjbaran – nice to read your comment. It would be interesting to read about your apple trees – what varieties do you grow?.

  5. Its a great opportunity for me to watch ur web.Many things i have known.
    Just today i get ur web side.Today i am in hurry,so…Soon i’ll write u more.

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