BRIGHSTONE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW
on Saturday 10th October in the Wilberforce Hall Brighstone
MISTLETOE - Thank you for all the replies to my mistletoe query. Yes, it is definitely a male flower and I have had advice about propagating, when to cut for decoration and warnings about over picking and even a bit of folklore BUT I still don't know how it appears on other apple trees in the garden if all the plants in the garden are MALE. If I had a female mistletoe in the garden or in the area around obviously they would pollinate and the birds could spread them but there seem to be no female plants within range. Any other thoughts or information welcome.
PHOTO IDENTS - I am very sorry but there is no way I can accurately identify an apple from a photo. A photo does not tell me the scale, the feel, the shape, the taste, the smell etc and I can't cut it up and look inside. It is Apple Day season around the country so look up your local Apple Days online and visit taking your apples with you with as much information about them as you can. Try your nearest RHS garden, thy too have Apple Days, also some National Trust Gardens or if you are lucky enough to know a nursery near you that grows apple trees go and ask. Local is also a good idea as a great many varietie are just that - Local - and local knowledge is helpful.
SHALFLEET APPLE DAY on the IOW - on Saturday October 17th - outside the Village Hall - everything related to Apples - see under IOW Apple People and Places for more information about Shalfleet Apple Day in previous years
Photo from 2014
Back in action as the Apple season is here, the emails are arriving, we have been orchard visiting and are using apples from the garden. I have had to remind myself how to resize pictures and put them on the website! The picture above came from our holiday in Devon. We went over the border into Cornwall and visited Cotehele, the orchard was interesting to visit and I took this photo (among others) of Beauty of Bath as I don't have a good photo of this variety on the website. This variety is not planted very much now as there are perhaps better early apples but picked straight off the tree at the start of apple season it is good and remembered by so many people from their childhood.
We were really sorry to hear about the vandalism at Yarmouth Community Orchard, the trees were doing well, Dave walked through and pruned them last winter although we found then that some had had the tops broken out. Last week somebody took the tops out of all the trees - how senseless and stupid. The trees were all planted by local community groups, like the Scouts above, or in memory of local people, like Henry Cooper, planted by his Grandaughter Lois Cooper, below. However the trees are still alive and growing except for one which is being replaced
My next query - who knows about mistletoe? Our plant which we were sure was male (no berries) sems to be spreading across the garden and we now have mistletoe on two other trees, Tydesman's Late and Crawley Beauty apart from The Bramley's Seeding where it started. Is this a male flower? a female flower? (Photo taken 23rd March) All I can say is it does not develop into white berries at Christmas and if there are no berries how does it spread?
The new mistletoe plant growing on Tydeman's Late Orange. Picture also taken on 23rd March.