Isle of Wight Apple People and Places
No survey of Isle of Wight Apples would be complete without mentioning Bob Bucket of Brighstone and his life long interest in every aspect of apple growing. Even his ‘retirement’ garden (built in the garden of his previous house) was about half an acre and contained more than 100 cultivars. In its heyday the garden stretched from Main Road through to where Pippins Close now stands on the site of some of the old orchard. Some of Bob’s apple trees, mainly cordons and trees originally grown in a pyramid shape are still in the gardens of Tanahlot and The Pippins.
He started exhibiting in Island shows in the 1930’s and took his fruit to RHS shows at Westminster. In 1961 he was awarded a Silver Gilt medal by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers for a magnificent collection of 12 dishes of different apple cultivars. More recently no one who ever saw them will have forgotten his displays for Brighstone Horticultural society arranged on the stage at Shorwell or Brighstone Village halls for the Autumn shows. These displays were of a perfectionist standard.
Bob was always ready to help or advise on anything to do with growing fruit, from individual advice to Horticultural Society talks and demonstrations. He was able to answer any question from his long experience and knowledge.
Bob Buckett's recommended apples
August Beauty of Bath, George Cave, Discovery, Worcester Pearmain, Tydeman's Early Worcester*
September James Grieve*, Laxton's Fortune, Red Ellison, St Edmund's Russet
October Greensleeves, Lord Lambourne*, Sunset
November Crimson Cox (Fiesta), Blenheim Orange, Ross Nonpareil
December Kidd's Orange Red, Tydeman's Late Orange*, Adam's Pearmain, Ashmead's Kernel
Arthur Turner*, Bramley's Seedling*, Reverend W. Wilks, Warner's King
*We grow these in our garden and they are all good. Sunset was good but had to be moved. Rev. Wilks didn't flourish for us and was removed. However this is a good list of apples and has stood the test of time although now there are more and newer varieties.