Tree-mendous change is afoot

I’ve written before about becoming obsessed by our little orchard and how it’s progressing, and I wonder if everyone peers at every new bud with this much enthusiasm.

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Sunrise apple

It’s beginning to feel a bit like vanity actually, the way in which I march every visitor up to our orchard and point them at the trees, demanding they they admire the different blossoms and refusing to recognise the glazed look of boredom in their eyes. I am absolutely charmed, not only by the fact that these elongated twigs have suddenly sprouted enormous amounts of leaf but also by how different the blossoms are.

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Shinseki asian pear

Some are beautiful and delicate, some are blowsy and attention grabbing, but all are lovely. I have great hopes for our trees.

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Avalon plum

We’re trying to decide whether or not to remove the fruitlets when they develop. We don’t have any really low vigour rootstock trees so I’m not sure what to do. Do you have any thoughts?

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

One thought on “Tree-mendous change is afoot

  1. I think we removed the fruit the first year to allow the tree to put energy into getting roots established, then thinned the second year, to three or four apples each.

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