Apologies if there has been a long gap - a combination of being busy and a computer update. I am now back on track and learning (slowly) what to do with the new computer.
Sister Anselma tells me we now have an Isle of Wight stockist for Little Pax. Unfortunately there has been nowhere to buy this Isle of Wight Apple on the Island, although available from Frank P Matthews (mail order) and Orange Pippin (online) there has been nowhere local to buy trees of this variety. I gather Palmers Brook Nursery in Wootton will be stocking it shortly and Quarr Abbey may be ordering some more trees for sale. Don't forget money from each sale goes to St Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde where the apple was raised by Sister Anselma - you can read the story elsewhere on this website. This is a rich tasting small apple which stores well.
Our shed has plenty of apples but this warm weather is not helping them to keep and the blackbirds are enjoying the throwouts as a feast. It has been so warm and damp that even the red Siberian crab in the front garden is softening up so that the birds can eat it. It usually stays hard and firm until March.
Going back to my query and photos earlier this year, we have plenty of mistletoe but without berries - this is still a mystery as I can't find a female mistletoe anywhere in the neighbourhood to account for the increase in plants in our garden. Thank you Steve from the Orchard Survey for your suggestions.
I lost some contacts and emails during the update - there may be a few people waiting to hear from us about pruning - if it is you please get in touch or I shall revert to the phone. There is one local lady who I only had a email for contact and no phone so if you would like pruning advice please get in touch.
Osborne House Apple Weekend
East Cowes Isle of Wight
24th - 26th October 2015
Normal House admission charges apply
Open from 10.00am - 6.00pm
There was an artivcle in the local paper - The Isle of Wight County Press stating that the police had spoken to local residents about the damage to Yarmouth Community Orchard and believed they had spoken to the culprit. It was suggested that some information should be available on the site so that people appreciated what it was and why it had been planted - so watch this space and hope for no further damage.
BRIGHSTONE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW
on Saturday 10th October in the Wilberforce Hall Brighstone
MISTLETOE - Thank you for all the replies to my mistletoe query. Yes, it is definitely a male flower and I have had advice about propagating, when to cut for decoration and warnings about over picking and even a bit of folklore BUT I still don't know how it appears on other apple trees in the garden if all the plants in the garden are MALE. If I had a female mistletoe in the garden or in the area around obviously they would pollinate and the birds could spread them but there seem to be no female plants within range. Any other thoughts or information welcome.
PHOTO IDENTS - I am very sorry but there is no way I can accurately identify an apple from a photo. A photo does not tell me the scale, the feel, the shape, the taste, the smell etc and I can't cut it up and look inside. It is Apple Day season around the country so look up your local Apple Days online and visit taking your apples with you with as much information about them as you can. Try your nearest RHS garden, thy too have Apple Days, also some National Trust Gardens or if you are lucky enough to know a nursery near you that grows apple trees go and ask. Local is also a good idea as a great many varietie are just that - Local - and local knowledge is helpful.
SHALFLEET APPLE DAY on the IOW - on Saturday October 17th - outside the Village Hall - everything related to Apples - see under IOW Apple People and Places for more information about Shalfleet Apple Day in previous years
Photo from 2014