Wednesday, 8 August 2018

garden closed for wall repairs


The garden is closed in 2018 for wall repairs


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

apple varieties

A Berkshire variety, but introduced to Cheshire in 1900.  A dual purpose, refreshing, crunchy apple with good flavour.  Pick end of Sept to Oct, stor until December.  Pollination Group 3.

"St. Edmund's Russet" (Suffolk, 1875)
Dessert apple, a sweet juicy delicious russet.  Pick mid Sept, pollination group 2.

"Lord Derby" (Cheshire, 1862)
A large green cooking apple.  Pick October, store until December.  Pollination group 4.

"Millicent Barnes" (Chester, 1903)
Dual purpose, pick late Sept, store until Oct/Nov.  Pollination Group 2/3.

"Arthur W Barnes" (Chester, 1902)
Cooker, pick mid Sept, store until October.  Very attractive blossom.  Pollination group 2/3.

"Keswick Codlin" (Ulverston, 1793)
Dual purpose, a juicy eating apple that also cooks to a creamy puree.  Pick late August, store until October. Pollination Group 2.

"Withington Welter" (Cheshire, 1883).
 Dual purpose, tasty and cooks to a fluff.

"Ashmead's Kernel" (Gloucestershire, 1700).
 Dessert apple, sweet, juicy, highly aromatic.  Pick mid Oct store until Feb.  Pollination group 4.

"Minshull Crab" (Minshull, Cheshire, 1777)
Cooker, keeps shape, very sharp.  Pick mid Oct, store Nov-March.  Pollination group 2.

"James Grieve" (Scotland, before 1893)
Dual purpose.  Crisp, keeps shape when cooked, juicy, delicate flavour.  Harvest Sept/Oct.  Pollination group 3.

"Cox' Orange Pippin" (Buckinghamshire, 1830)
Juicy eating apple.  Harvest mid Oct.  Pollination group 3.

"Braeburn" (New Zealand, 1952)
Dual purpose.  Combines sweet and tart flavour, holds shape when cooked.  Pollination group 4. 

"Blenheim Orange" (Oxfordshire, 1740)
Cooker, cooks to a puree, with a nutty flavour.  Pollination group 4. 



Saturday, 7 October 2017