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When we arrived here there were already five mature apple trees in the garden. One was in a terrible state, producing no blossom or fruit. It has been cut hard back and now hosts a Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’. But it grows and I live in hope.

The two biggest were very large and very scabby with lesions caused by Canker that had been untreated. After a couple of years of observing them struggle with Scab, we cut them hard back too in the hope of revitalising them. This year for the first time they have both produced fruit. Theres still some scab, but I will try to spray them more next year. I only managed once this spring…we get so much wind here, which makes it hard to find a day to spray.

The fourth apple is a Bramley I think. It just seems happy enough to do it’s own thing and not require much attention. It is healthy and if late frosts don’t kill it’s blossom (like last year) it sets good fruit.

The fifth might be ‘Discovery’ it certainly looks, tastes (good) and stores (badly) like Discovery. It’s a dwarf with a huge Canker lesion near the base of the trunk. And yet it still produces good fruit every year. It has grown well since we arrived and is pruned every year.

I have added Five Crab Apple trees, Comtesse De Paris (Yet to flower or fruit, its very small); Evereste (The prettiest Crab Apple I’ve ever seen); Red Sentinel (Just added this month), Indian Magic (Tiny red fruits, smaller than a hawthorn berry) and John Downie (Excellent fruits, good for making Jelly apparently)

I’ve also added two further semi-dwarfing apple trees ‘Scotch Bridget’ (Cooker/Dessert)

and ‘Katy’ (A sharp crisp eating apple that makes good Cider)

I’ve always had a dwarf apple tree in each of my gardens. The first one I grew was Discovery – in a pot in my first garden. Then I had Discovery And Katy in the ground in my last garden, and now I have a proper mini-orchard! I shall be cooking and freezing the fruit for use later on, and I might have a go at making Crab Apple Jelly with the John Downies as they look so good! I’ll let you know how I get on with that.

So far we’ve had a couple of crumbles and I’m planning an apple cake for this weekend. My son has taken a couple of basket fulls away to make fresh juice with, which he says was so sweet he had to water it down. Perhaps I should invest in a juicer too.

Happy Scrumping Everyone! :)

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It doesn't look like you'll go short of apples this year!!
For appearance, I love the Crab Apples but have never had one.....

22 Sep, 2016

 

Theres room for a tree in your garden Paul :)

22 Sep, 2016

 

With all those wonderful apples a day you should keep the doctor at bay.?

22 Sep, 2016

 

What a lovely harvest Karen.
Apple cake sounds nice I will have to l look that one up I have loads of apples too this year.

22 Sep, 2016

 

Love all your apple tree. I've got 3 here. 1 in back garden that spent all summer dropping its fruit. When we got here last year it didn't have many apples on it either. We tried one of the remaining apples the other day but it didn't have much taste. The two in the front garden the previous owner grew from the seeds of a apple bought at the supermarket. They only have a couple of apples on and again not much taste. We are thinking of getting rid of at least one in the front and hubby really fancies replacing it with a crab apple. Seeing yours has made up my mind. Its a shame mine don't fruit very well as a South African friend had apples in her garden in Kent and used to make a apple pie that the pastry top was made out of cornflour that you made the pastry, froze it then grated onto the apples filling frozen . My mouth is watering just remembering it. She gave me the recipe, I just need the apples :-)

22 Sep, 2016

 

the apples have done well here also. Crumbles are so good. Your trees all look good, obviously the canker is not bothering them too much. A juicer would be good for your eating apples, think you must invest in one. We are mainly cookers, although we do have a dual cooker/eater but it is too sharp for my taste buds. lol :O)

22 Sep, 2016

 

You have done well, rewarding your patience......I would have got rid of those trees, and bought new ones, so good for you ...... nothing like an apple fresh from the tree......
We used to have apple trees in our last garden they were quite a lot of work though ....

22 Sep, 2016

 

Most of my apples have gone into the compost bin so far, there's only so many pies one can make, I have two trees here and both have been absolutely loaded, people don't want them they'd sooner pay the supermarket prices, daughter and hubby don't eat them, so recycling it is, its a shame but what can one do when you cannot even give them away....

22 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks everyone. Its so true Llass....people are used to perfect fruit. And thats the few who buy them. Hardly anyone cooks now..they buy everything full of preservatives and lord knows what. A lady in the village here puts them out for passers by to take away for free. I dont know what to suggest. All that fruit wasted....but if your family wont eat them....nothing you can do.

22 Sep, 2016

 

Can't put them outside Karen as we are near a school and the kids would just kick them down the road and make a right mess, its simply not worth it, don't know anyone now who makes wine, I'd willingly give them away....

22 Sep, 2016

bjs
Bjs
 

Apples I don't have but Pears in plenty Have picked most of the large ones to ripen (about 4 weeks usually) and leave the small ones for the birds but they are falling to the ground daily.
Jamie loves them and ate 3 to my knowledge yesterday.If you have never smelt fermenting Pears in a dog you are lucky had to open all the windows at one point last night.Lol

23 Sep, 2016

 

Ha, ha, BJS, that's so funny about Jamie.

23 Sep, 2016

 

Your apples look nice and very healthy Karen.
Fruit trees are good and useful, if you can look after them properly. Otherwise better not to have them. I do not have any fruit trees in my garden, but one of my neighbours has two very old and totally neglected apple trees with half their branches hanging over the fence into my garden. If I go out this moment, I will see hundreds of diseased apples all over my loan and my flower border. I tried to cut them back many times, but they grow back again and again.

23 Sep, 2016

 

No pears here Brian but very smelly dog as he eats the apples.....

23 Sep, 2016

 

Yeah! Same here Lincslass. I try to control her as one day she had too many and the whole house was reeking! Lol!

Sorry to hear that Costas. When they are all scabby, apples are not attractive at all!

23 Sep, 2016

 

Lovely apples Karen. Wish I had some growing in my garden, I'm jealous! Lol. I would have lots of apple pies and cream! Yum yum ?
I've just got two small trees, one cherry and one damson, (Well that's what I think they are anyway), someone gave them to me last year in pots, they were in a bit of a state, so I planted then in the ground in my back garden and they have started to come on but have yet to flower and fruit. Maybe next year I will have cherry pie or damson jam! Lol

23 Sep, 2016

 

I hope you do Maggie...and you get the cherries before the birds have them! The best cherries I ever tasted were pinched off two magnificent trees just down the road from here at Barry Mill! Before I saw those two trees I didn't think you could really grow cherries in Scotland. But you can!

23 Sep, 2016

 

If I'm lucky enough to get some next year I will have to throw a net over them!
If only those cherry trees were near me.... i would get some too....but Essex is a bit far away from where you are! ?

23 Sep, 2016

 

It is Maggie...but bound to be some good ones near you too! We will be flying in to Stanstead next weekend...I'll be sure to wave to you from the sky!

24 Sep, 2016

 

Definitely do wave as I'm really close to stanstead ( I'm in Chelmsford).......hope you have a lovely time where your going to as well! ?

24 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Maggie, we are going to see friends and to see the Final British tour of The famous ballet dancer Carlos Acosta at the Royal Albert Hall. :)

24 Sep, 2016

 

Sounds very lovely indeed! ?

24 Sep, 2016

 

Lovely treats in store Karen in both the ballet and all the lovely apples you have. I am looking to get another crab apple, John Downie preferably, but I am waiting for the bare root trees coming into the garden centres. All my desert apples are smaller than usual this year but the cookers are about as big as usual. Lord Lambourne is never ready to pick until October and there are always enough left on the tree to make toffee apples for bonfire night.

26 Sep, 2016

 

I love a toffee apple! :)

26 Sep, 2016

 

Homebird how do you make toffee apples? We have loads of apple and I have never tried to make them.

26 Sep, 2016

 

so many delicious choices. yum!

26 Sep, 2016

 

I just seen you response to my comment Karen,...
I don't really think there is room for another tree in our garden although I'd love a crab apple but Julie doesn't like them. Now we have the Alamnchier in the lawn, I don't think there's enough space for another tree without making the garden look crowded in a few years time. It's only a tiddler of a garden.

27 Sep, 2016

 

Fair enough Paul...you have your tree then. :) Amelanchier is lovely, but I've never grown it.

27 Sep, 2016

 

Yes, took a long while to decide but of the trees I was considering, that seems the best for our conditions!

27 Sep, 2016

 

At the moment the fox is having fun with my pears on small trees. This morning another spur detached to reach a pear and four pears half chewed on the lawn!

18 Oct, 2016

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