Tag Archives: apple trees

Only three!

If you have apple trees, how are they bearing up this year? As you may already have read, the apple tree at the back of the garden, the oldest, didn’t produce any blossom this year. Ironically, the codling month traps … Continue reading

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My apple trees are safe

Just after lockdown, I realised I hadn’t got round to buying any refills for the pheromone trap. Damn! Last year, they were excellent at stopping the codling moth, with very few apples being affected. I’m not sure that the situation … Continue reading

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Ecology of a tree

I’ve just spent a fascinating half hour watching the various insects on my Orleans Reinette (apple tree). You know how you pop out to put something in the bin, only to find you need your camera… well, I did rush … Continue reading

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Unexpected protection

I’m not pleased that the pheromone trap I put out to protect my apple trees is plastic or that the insert can only be thrown away once it is replaced every six weeks. On the other hand, I never expected … Continue reading

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A burst of blue

Okay, I exaggerate slightly but the glory-of-the-snow and anemones were a delight to my eyes this evening. Especially as it is the end of term and I was held up in traffic after a lorry was engulfed in flames on … Continue reading

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Underneath the flagstones

Today, I’ve prepared the ground for the next apple tree (Scrumptious), which all being well will go in the ground at the beginning of January. With the garden being so narrow, it will be a bit of a squeeze but … Continue reading

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The rain keeps running away

On Tuesday, there was an horrific multiple pile-up on the M62, which had major repercussions for getting home that evening. So, I eventually got off the standstill bus and ran to the train station. I got even more exercise by … Continue reading

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Whittling and old tights

It was wonderful weather for the workday at Old Sleningford Farm where we go once a month. I took one of my friends and I hope she enjoyed it as much as we did. One of the jobs my daughter … Continue reading

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Snails get everywhere

When my Orleans Reinette (dessert apple tree) was still but a maiden, a very large snail decided to clumb up the trunk. So, I put a copper band round the truck and didn’t see any more snails, even though the … Continue reading

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Round things

We first visited Helmsley Walled Garden last autumn and in spite of the best intentions hadn’t actually been back again before today. However, as we were on foot (in other words, not having to worry about bicycles as we had … Continue reading

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