It’s been quiet on here for two main reasons: I’ve been working, and I’ve been ill. I’m currently sitting here with a nebuliser after being sick a few times from a hacking cough and raw throat, and am powering on after getting in about three hours of interrupted sleep each night (if I’m lucky).
I am knackered.
Life goes on (I just want to sleep!) and we have received the first tree for our mini orchard: a Blenheim Orange cooker/eater.
For a couple of years I’ve wanted to start a mini orchard, as our two damson trees are so old that it’s a miracle that they produce any fruit, and with the crab apple tree, our options are severely limited. The ancient Victoria plum produced such a heavy crop that it snapped its last remaining bough off, so is now serving as a bird feeder. So apples it is.
I love cooked apples in pretty much any shape or form, and given the price and provenance of apples in the supermarket, I would much rather grow my own. After all, England has historically produced some of the best apple varieties in the world… so why not?
I initially wanted to get three cooker apple trees, but on the advice of followers of my Facebook page, I’m going to get a variety of cookers and eaters… Blenheim Orange, good old fashioned Bramley, and if I can get hold of one, a Charles Ross (cooker/eater).
Stephen from Victoriana Nursery Gardens once told me that you can plant a tree pretty much whenever you can get a spade in the ground. I trust Stephen’s judgement despite the old adage saying that it’s best to plant in during the dormant season, so as soon as the tree has arrived and had a good soak for a couple of hours, we’ll get it in the ground. Just as soon as I can stop coughing up my guts every five minutes…