I've started harvesting the apples from my little tree and to say I'm delighted with the haul it's produced this year would be an understatement. Don't they look delicious, all rosy red.
I bought this little tree back in March 2012. My mum and dad had given us some money for our 20th wedding anniversary back in 2010 and we'd been contemplating what to spend it on. We decided on a dwarf apple tree for the garden and after looking in the local nursery, decided that this Gloster variety fitted the bill. It was really just a twig when we bought it.
It's filled out nicely throughout the following seven years and now produces a decent crop to say it's such a small tree. Here you can see what's left on it after the first bowlful was removed.
A couple of years later we added a dwarf Golden Delicious tree to the garden. Unfortunately, this has never performed well since we've had it. The apples look more akin to crab apples rather than eating apples.
Even though I don't grow so many vegetables these days, it's still nice to have fruit trees and bushes in the garden which produce a crop each year without having to put too much work in. Once they become established, they tend to look after themselves.