FOTD 25th April 2021; Apple blossom

When I saw this apple blossom on this particular tree, I was so happy, thrilled in fact. It is my second apple tree and this time I planted it from an apple pip. I would have an apple in the office in the morning for my break and I had a potted plant on my desk, so I decided to put a couple of the pips in the pot. After a couple of weeks I already had a baby apple growing. It was quite tiny and weak, but as time passed it got bigger and stronger and so I took it home and planted a couple in my garden. One survived and now we have an apple tree of the Idared variety in the garden 20 years later. Idared is something we usually buy as an imported apple and not one that grows here.

My apple tree began to grow in my garden, but it was at least five years until I saw the first apple blossom which even produced 3-5 apples. Unfortunately the apples were not really strong enough to survive and also not so good. It was an experiment and so I left the tree to do its own thing. We are now many years later. In beetween I got a few weak apples but nothing special and now, this year, my apple tree has decided it is old enough and big enough to keep up with the others. I have so many blossoms on the tree this year as I have never had. from the top to the bottom. Will I now be one of the only producers of Idared apples in Switzerland? Will they survive and will we be able to eat them? This is quite an exciting event for me and my garden.

FOTD 25th April 2021; Apple blossom

17 thoughts on “FOTD 25th April 2021; Apple blossom

  1. We still aren’t quite there yet, but soon. Very soon I hope. Today it’s chilly and raining, but the rest of the week should be lovely and I hope we manage to get out there with cameras. Spring is a season we so rarely get, I hope to get every possible inch of it. I wonder if the apple orchards down the road are in bloom yet? If they are, that will be a sight!

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    • Everything is in bloom here. If it doesn’t rain it looks like a good fruit year. I always have some sort of camera with me, but as I always seem to go to the same places I don’t get a big choice of subjects.


  2. Even a fruitless apple tree is fun to grow. I was not so keen on the cultivars of apple that I grew when I was a kid, but I enjoyed the trees very much. I grew up with orchards, but they were all stone fruits with a few walnuts. Pome fruits like apples and pears, grew in the Santa Cruz Mountains around the Santa Clara Valley. I met them later in life. Now I get to work with more cultivars that would not have performed as well in the Santa Clara Valley. While in Southern California, there were only two cultivars of apples that I could have grown if I had bothered, but I did not like either one of them. (I was not there long enough for them to produce anyway.) One was Dorset Golden (I think) and the other was Beverly Hills, which was named after the town.

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    • I was so plesed that my apple tree actually has fruit and I hope a lot judging by the flowers. I have grown a few orange pips in the past, but they of course never had fruit and grew quite slowly. None of them survived. I love experimenting with various frruit seed. I once grew a walnut tree from a walnut which even had two walnuts. You probably have more success in your climate.

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      • Well, not exactly. I used to grow citrus trees in the early 1990s, but they were grafted onto understock to keep the trees small enough for home gardens. (They were dwarf trees rather than standard orchard trees.) The scions (the parts that is above ground and produces fruit) were taken from adult growth, so was able to produce immediately. If I were to grow citrus from seed, it takes many years for the seedlings to mature enough to produce fruit, and when it does produce fruit, it is likely to be very different from the fruit that provided the seed. (Of the forty or so cultivars that we grew, I believe that only ‘Rangpur’ lime was true to type, and I am not even certain about that.) During the first few years, the juvenile growth is very vigorous and very thorny, not exactly something I want in my home garden. Avocado trees are popularly grown from seed here, and can eventually grow into nicely productive trees, but the fruit is always a surprise. We really do not know what it will be like until it develops several years later. Fortunately, of all the avocado trees I have ever worked with, I can remember only one that made bad fruit. Also, during the first few years, the juvenile growth (although not thorny) grows very fast and very tall, so must be pruned down in a most unpleasantly disfiguring manner. An English walnut grew at a former home, and was a pretty tree for a few years. The squirrels liked the few nuts that it made. Even though I know that they should be grafted, I would not complain if I found one growing from seed again. They are pretty trees, and productive. They are only grafted because the black walnut roots are more resilient to the soil and climate here, . . . and to ensure that all the trees are genetically identical.

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        • Now that was very informative. I wish we had such trees that would grow here, but our climate would be too cold in Winter. Untried growing avocado. It was a very tall stem with some big leaves, but again it would not survive outdoors here and it got infected with a lot of blue centipedes.

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  3. I love reading about Switzerland, we spent a day there as part of our whirlwind 14-day bus tour through Europe in July 2019. Only 1 day, but Lucerne did not disappoint. Absolutely breathtaking. I wrote my first memoir about my trip of a lifetime I had waited 40 yrs for. (Blarney to Bastille, if you want to have a read) We look forward to a new kind of normal so we can travel again. We live in Warwick, SE Queensland, a small rural city near the NSW border, 2 hrs inland from Brisbane. I look forward to more of your Anglo-Swiss updates 🙂

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    • Glad you enjoy my Swiss news. I am originally a Brit from London, but wandered out to Europe and arrived in Switzerland. Met Mr. Swiss a couple of years later and am still here after 52 years. I have been to Lucerne now and again and it is a very nice town, about 1 hour by motorway from where we live in the Kanton of Solothurn. Many people emigrated to Australia from England. I only got as far as Switzerland.


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