We manage 800 fruit trees, mainly heritage apple varieties, at the orchard we planted in Durley, Hampshire.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Blossom due, even begun!!!
Its raining gently today, thanks God, but last week's very warm sunshine after a dry, mild March led to opening of the peach blossom (Julia planted 2 peaches by the apple store) and over the weekend the damson blossom is almost open. There is due to be a catastrophically beautifal show of bl;opssom on hte new pear orchard, where I am training to pyramids on an absolutel minimum pruning regime and there is tight fruit bud right to the tips of most of the pear trees. Its going to be the blossom show of the decade. Will post images later. Once again, the daytime job has got out of hand since November and I have been posting videos on YouTube so tended to neglect this blog, but will try to post some kind of orchard diary this growing season. Kind regards. PS an old friend came unexpectedly round last night asking for an apple tree. I told him thet Blackmoors had just sent out an email saying today was theuir last date for bare rooted orders as the season had moved on. Decided to let him have 2 young trees at his risk but will need watering like mad. It is now really too late to plant for this year. STOP PRESS Apple day and folk music even planned for Durley Memorial hall Saturday 29th October, tickets will be £7 in advance, £8 on the door and all profits for the noble recycling and development charity Tools for Self Reliance. Much more on this later but keep the date free.
In 1992, Stephen and Julia Hayes began planting an orchard of apples, plums and pears in southern Hampshire, mainly rare old 'heritage' varieties. We sold our fruit in season from late July to Christmas at farmers' markets etc. for 14 years or so but for various reasons quit doing this, mainly as we are getting older and needed our Sundays back. The story has been told on our YouTube channel, search on Stephen Hayes apples.
Our fruitwise.net web site is no more, but a Kindle book telling the story of the orchard from dream to reality is in preparation.
Julia and I envisioned, planted and manage the Fruitwise orchard in Durley, Hampshire. I am interested in heritage apples. Valuable old apple DNA is being lost and we can't afford to lose it. The most reliable way to stop and reverse this loss is for people to become interested in preserving the heritage of apples which comes down to us from our ancestors. This can best be done by planting, celebrating, preserving and using local orchards. We are commited Christians.