An ancient and neglected apple tree. Actually some sort of crab apple tree with fruit the size of golf balls. Large golf balls that were tart but delicious. Griffin loved to scarf them up when they carpeted the lawn in autumn.
For six years I pruned and nourished the crab apple tree back to health. Aside from a largely rotten trunk. Nevertheless, each spring the fruit tree filled with blooms which by summer’s end had become much fruit.
More pruning. Another spring; even more apple blossoms. The hope of fruit.
Yesterday, May 16, 2012 the skies blackened too early for night and then the clouds erupted in a short but angry tantrum of driving rain, mothball-sized hail and driving wind. When the hail and rain stopped and the fog cleared, the crooked fruit tree had fallen, snapped off at her stem.
This video is a eulogy of sorts…
- Orchard Update: Apricots & Peaches (rosslynredux.com)
- Orchard Rumination (rosslynredux.com)
- Top Tips For Home Grown Apples (backyardgardeningtips.com)
- Grow A Pear (part one) (eitheory.com)
- Grow A Pear (part two) (eitheory.com)