My stepover Cox’s Orange Pippin in its second spring. Wonder if I will be lucky enough to get any fruit this year?
I sowed some Florence Fennel seed in autumn. It was pretty late – already getting cold. I thought I had read somewhere you could sow it in autumn. I see now in a cool climate, Sep – Feb is the recommended sowing period. But it germinated eventually, and the frosts didn’t kill it. This is it now:
An Obsession in the Making
This winter I planted 17 dwarf heritage variety apples along two fence lines. Originally I had a vague idea of planting three or four apples in a traditional espalier form along a seven metre stretch of a fence.
But instead I ended up with these:
In the winter of 2015 I’ve planted seven stepover apples along the top of a tall retaining wall, oriented north-south, in a position that gets full sun all year. At the moment some of them are behind some raised beds and so their roots will be shaded from the afternoon sun in summer.
One of my main tasks over winter has been to set up this trellis to train my dwarf apples up: