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.
Those apples look great Jo! I'm not one for eating much fruit I have to say, although instead of the bushes at the top of our garden I wish the previous owners had planted fruit trees. Hope they tasted as good as they look.ReplyDelete
I love having fruit trees and bushes in the garden, even for ornamental purposes. The blossom is beautiful in spring and there's plenty of interest throughout summer as the fruit develops. That's not to mention the tasty goodies once they're ready.Delete
How splendid, what a haul. You cab't beat an Apple, they are so versatile. The red ones look so beautiful on the tree. 🍎🍏ReplyDelete
I think red apples are so attractive. It's been lovely watching them hanging from the tree all summer and now they're ready to be enjoyed.Delete
Your apples look absolutely delicious! And no nasty chemicals or wax on the skin like shop bought ones. Best, Jane xReplyDelete
That's one of the great things about home grown fruit and veg, no chemicals and no air miles, just fruit and veg packed with plenty of taste.Delete
We can't keep up with our apples this year! Just made a pie crust for an apple pie to enjoy this evening. Your Gloster apples look delicious, love the red colour.ReplyDelete
Yum, I love apple pie and apple crumble. I think this is the best haul I've had from this little tree, it's certainly been a good year.Delete
A good crop of apples is a lovely sight at this time of year. XReplyDelete
It is, I'm very pleased with this year's harvest.Delete
How fun to eat apples you have grown yourself. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
I think growing your own definitely encourages you to eat more fruit and veg, aside from the fact that home grown always tastes better than shop bought.Delete
I love my fruit harvest when it comes, not got any trees, but I have been looking at a plum tree.ReplyDelete
I've got a dwarf plum tree, it produced a lot of plums this year but most of them had maggots in them. I need to look into what to do about that ready for next year.Delete
What a great crop of apples! I am looking forward to the day we can pick our own apples, we have planted one tree and have another two that are ready to go out in the garden somewhere over the autumn/winterReplyDelete
It won't be long until you're picking your own apples, it doesn't take long until they're producing. It's a wonderful thing to grow your own fruit and veg.Delete
Wow - I'm am SO envious of all those apples! We had zero fruit tree harvests this year (still uncertain as to why - perhaps there was a late frost I was unaware of?). Apples are such a great crop - delicious and you can enjoy them over an extended period as many store for at least a couple of months.ReplyDelete
That's such a shame. It does sound as though the frost got to the blossom if none of the trees produced anything. I'm really thrilled with my apples this year, my dad was pleased too when I took him some round to enjoy.Delete
Delightful!!!!! Just think of all the apple pies, and cakes, and crisps, and etc. For hardly any work. :-)ReplyDelete
Another blogger has the problem, of birds pecking their apples. So they had to make a "cage" around and above them! So they can get their fruit, without the birds doing so! :-)
Fresh apples! Says Autumn!
I love the versatility of apples, there's so many things you can do with them. The birds had most of my blueberry crop this year, though I didn't really mind, I enjoyed watching them pecking away and enjoying them.Delete
It certainly has been a good apple year. Our pears have had a bumper year too.ReplyDelete
It seems that most fruit has done well this year, the conditions must have been just what they required.Delete
Oh, that's a shame. Still, the gardening gods won't let us have it all our own way, they need to keep us on our toes!Delete
The apples look delicious! :)ReplyDelete
I think red apples look so appetising.Delete
What a great crop, the vibrant colour of them is a feast for the eyes.ReplyDelete
They do look very attractive, especially hanging from the tree.Delete
Those red apples look good, and I'm sure taste great as well. Shame about the other one. I eat an apple most days and if I had room would certainly grow a couple of dwarf trees. xxReplyDelete
Dwarf trees are great when there isn't much room, they can be squeezed into the smallest space or even grown in a container, though I must say that my trees have performed much better in the ground.Delete
A good harvest! Those apples look very good Jo …ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
I'm very pleased with them. We don't eat all that many apples usually so these will keep us going for a while.Delete
Those apples look delicious, I rather like the way the trees fan across saving space, like your toms lovely to pick from you own garden xcxReplyDelete
These trees are real space savers. They're grown on dwarf root stock so they stay small, and I planted them by the fence which has encouraged their branches to spread out rather than grow in the more traditional rounded shape.Delete
What a bumper harvest, shame about the golden delicious, maybe they'll get bigger as the tree matures.xxxReplyDelete
The Golden Delicious seems to get plenty of apples on it but they don't grow very well. I may have a go at removing some of the fruit next year and see if that makes a difference.Delete
They do look delicious. I've often pondered getting a few small trees but we have deer roaming around and they do like to nibble at the bark. I read about growing small fruit trees in pots so that might be an option.ReplyDelete
All my little trees (I have four) started out in pots but they didn't do very well, that's why I ended up having to find space for them in the garden. Perhaps they just needed more care than I game them whilst they were residing in their containers.Delete