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Our Apple Tree Study: Spring Time

Spring Series-Apple Tree Study

Apple blossoms
Our new apple tree’s blossoms. Photo from 4/22/10 taken by my son Mr. A.

Our study took a turn when we had a huge rainstorm and an inch of snow a few days later. Our weather has been very unstable so we had to postpone our plans to observe our own newly planted apple tree and then drive up the road from our house where there are apple orchards by the acre.

We were finally able to do both parts of the study yesterday.

Our tree's little apples
First our tree….this is the first year we are observing this tree. It had blossoms some time ago but now I am assuming these are the baby apples.

Our tree's leaves-apple
The leaves are a nice texture and we found quite a few bugs crawling on the branches. My husband used the garden hose to spray them off and today they were still not back.

Apple Tree tag
This particular tree has had different kinds of apples grafted onto one trunk. Gravenstein, Fuji, Red Delicious, and a Rome.

It will be interesting to watch this tree mature.

Now for our drive to the apple orchard.

Apple Hill Sky with clouds
The sky was amazing with its white billowy clouds. My boys actually told me to stop and take a photo….as we stopped the car we realized that there was a field of sweet smelling lupine on the other side of the road.

Lupine Apple HIll 2
What a delight and a surprise to see this sight right near-by our home.

The orchards are all green and no longer full of blossoms.

Apple Orchard 2
It seems as if you could walk down the rows and feel the apples growing on the trees. I love apples.

Typing up this entry and viewing these photos makes me think that spring really is here. I can see it in the photos. Hooray for spring!

Just another note: I have seriously been lacking in my posting on this blog this week because of the time I am devoting to writing the Summer Series of Outdoor Hour Challenges. There is just so much to research and to pull together so we will have a wonderful adventure this summer with the challenges. I am really looking forward to sharing my new ideas with you soon.

2 thoughts on “Our Apple Tree Study: Spring Time

  1. Is your combination apple tree an espalier? I won a 6-in-1 espalier last year from a local garden club raffle. Unfortunately, I ended up giving it to a friend further inland b/c we simply don’t have the space for it.

  2. It is not an espalier but I would love to have one of those for a specific spot I have in my garden. I have looked at them for the last two years and each time I chicken out.

    I think we will end up with one, probably a Fuji since that is a favorite apple around our house.

    Thanks for the comment.

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