Images from our garden smallholding.
Yesterday we planted new fruit trees in the orchard, much later than we'd planned due to weather conditions making the ground too boggy to dig. There are 9 mature fruit trees that make our orchard so enchanting (especially now, as the blossom starts to show), but we wanted to add a few trees of our own. We planted Granny … Continue reading Planting Fruit Trees
The apple trees in the orchard are feeling the strain from the weight of fruit on their branches, I guess it's time to stock the larder cupboard. Armed with my ladder and apple crates, I've started to pick apples to use for cooking. And I had company. The hens enjoyed the sunshine and wandered off under the safety … Continue reading Pecking Apples
Chilly evenings and dewy mornings, my favourite time of year is fast approaching. The mature fruit trees in our garden were planted many years ago in rows, giving the appearance of an orchard. We've always wanted our very own orchard and that's how we refer to our wonderful old trees. Dripping with fruit in shades of green, purple, red and yellow, the garden has never … Continue reading Our Very Own Orchard
I'm so excited! Our new William's Bon Chrétien pear tree has baby pears, aren't they amazing? You can really see the shape formation already. I adore pears and cannot wait to sample our very own home-grown ones which should be ready to pick by September, ripening a week or so later. It's self fertile but pollination by another pear will maximise yield, the … Continue reading Our Very First Baby Pears
This weekend we added 2 new trees to our mini orchard. We now have 3 different varieties of apple - Scrumptious, Bramley's Seedling and Cox Orange Pippin, a Marjorie's Seedling plum and a Williams' Bon Chretien pear. Our Scrumptious and Cox produced good-sized fruit last season but the plum skipped fruiting altogether. However, it is now smothered in … Continue reading A Weekend of Planting Fruit Trees