They have arrived. Huge excitement!! The stakes are in the ground with the names of the trees written on them (now in permanent marker since the ordinary felt tip was not a success). For some reason there turned out to be 16 stakes when I only intended there to be 15 trees, but then I discovered a tree I hadn’t expected so despite the confusion and much pacing out of the circle it all worked out well in the end.
These trees form part of a circle and I have placed the earlier fruiting trees closest to the shelter belt of existing woodland which runs along their south side, thinking that they will be most likely to have finished fruiting before they are overtaken by the shadows of the woodland trees in the autumn than the later-fruiting varieties.
The trees are (in order of eating season):
Scrumptious – a modern, early eating apple
Tickled Pink – a modern, dual purpose pink fleshed apple which also makes pink juice
Pinova – modern dessert apple
Red Falstaff – a red sport of the delicious, juicy dessert apple, Falstaff, which I have previously grown.
Peasgood’s Nonsuch – mid season cooking apple which cooks to a puree.
Onward – a mid season dessert pear which is hopefully similar to Doyenne du Comice (which I adore), but less tempramental to grow.
Catillac – a very old (17th C), late season culinary pear
Beurre Hardy – a traditional French variety. A late dessert pear. Apparently it has ‘buttery melting flesh’ which sounds all good…
And the bonus tree (which I had forgotten I ordered): Discovery – the earliest autumn fruiting apple and the tree whose fruit will signal the beginning of the season in the Orchard area.
A large amount of my orchard fruit tree research has been done on the excellent Orange Pippin web site. The staff at Orange Pippin have also been really helpful and willing to talk on the phone, helping me with some rather esoteric questions about own-root trees (more on this later) amongst other things. Rosie Sanders’ Apple Book has also been a very useful source of information. Of course, eating the fruit will be the best sort of research…