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


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

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.

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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