It is always nice to receive a present, especially when the weather is rubbish, your cues and tomatoes are struggling with disease and you’re facing up to this being the hardest growing season since you started out (‘you’ = me, by the way).
So I was mightily cheered up to accept this little apple tree from a nearby plotholder and friend. My friend has grown the tree from a seed in an apple he ate. He did the same many years ago, and two trees are planted out on his plot, which has grown to a good size and produces a healthy harvest each Autumn.
In Love with Fruit Trees
I’ve got a thing about fruit trees, which is probably why the little sapling brought a smile to my face. I fell in love with a big Bramley apple tree in my mum’s garden when I was a small boy, and remember being tremendously sad when the tree died and had to be chopped down.
I’ve always been jealous of people with fruit trees in their garden, too. I’ve always wished I could be the person with so many apples or plums on their own trees that they have to bring the surplus into work.
My Very Own Fruit Trees
Fortunately, my wish is about to come true. In my new garden, I’ve got a pear tree and two plum trees. And what’s even better news – especially in this difficult year – is that they’re absolutely laden.
I won’t lie, I’d swap the pear for a Bramley apple, but considering all I had in my previous garden was elderberry, I’m over the moon. What’s also interesting given that my garden isn’t huge, is that there were 2 other plum trees in the garden a few years ago.
I know this because I live in a conservation area, and in these zones, you have to get planning permission to do work on or remove a tree. Looking at the Council records, 2 plum trees were felled in the past. I’ve found one, as the stump remains, but I’m yet to track down the other one.
The Council records show other fruit trees removed or worked in the road too, which I also find fascinating. The houses in my road are all quite old, and I love that these types of property always seem to have fruit trees in them.
I guess this harks back to the days of kitchen gardens and growing fruit and veg as a necessity, rather than a lifestyle choice, but I bet all these old trees hold a helluva history.
Trees aren’t allowed on the allotments anymore, so my little apple tree will be going somewhere in the garden when big enough. Hopefully, if I treat the tree right, it’ll create its own piece of history too.