As promised news about the new Isle of Wight Apple Little Pax. Please look under Isle of Wight Apples on this website and then under Little Pax for a brief history and in the alphabetical list of apples under Little Pax for a full description and painting.
The apple will shortly be on sale and a donation will be given to St Cecilia's Abbey for each apple tree sold.
Little Pax from the store in January still with a rich flavour
Again it has been longer than I thought since writing news and now the apple season has started. There were several apple emails to answer this evening and we have eaten our first apple puddings of the season. I am currently using Tydeman’s Early Worcester and there are early fallers under the Bramley's Seedling and Arthur Turner. Tydeman’s is a light tasting apple but cooked with very little sugar, it is refreshing in an apple sponge or crumble or kept in the fridge as stewed apple, it goes well with ice cream in the present heatwave. It doesn’t keep and needs using as soon as ripe but it is a very attractive apple, reliable and much appreciated here as the first apple of the season. The birds, mainly rooks and jackdaws + blackbirds, have been a real pest lately, pecking everything at the top of the trees, we think this is for the moisture as it is so hot and dry?
Tydeman's Early Worcester
Two diary dates for those living on the Isle of Wight– Shalfleet Apple Day is on Saturday 18th October. Brighstone Horticultural Society is one of my sponsors and on Saturday 11th October there will be a small Apple display in conjunction with the Autumn Show, named apples, the original paintings and drawings from this website and advice on growing apples. From 2.00pm – 4.30pm outside the Wilberforce Hall in Brighstone.
There is a new link under ‘Useful links’ from Chris Bowers. There are some good photos of apple varieties which could be a helpful guide to identification or even tempt you to buy!
News shortly, of a brand new Isle of Wight Apple, found and named on the Island and introduced by a mainland firm – details with the next news.
Red Siberian Crab - flowers early (3/5/13) and is a good pollinator for groups A/B/C
A work in progress on Pollination is now on this website in answer to quite a few queries and comments (good and bad!) about my use of flowering dates, season, picking and storage. Please look at the new Menu item 'Pollination'. Almost all the apples on the website are now in a list of pollination groups/season/storage times. I hope this will be useful when making a choice. Look at 'Blossom Gallery' under 'Photo Galleries' to view apple blossom pictures and look forward to next spring. I would be really pleased for comments and suggestions so let me know how I can improve it, make it more useful and user friendly. I am also working through the individual apples in the alphabetic list and putting in the pollination groups.
The website has been busy but I am keeping up with all the emails - just
I have a lot of queries from people who would like to send me a photo of their apple so I can identify it. Photos are always interesting but there are several good reasons why it is not possible to identify an apple accurately from a photo. An educated guess but not an accurate identification. Firstly it is difficult to get a feeling of scale and size from a photo, secondly you really need to feel the apple, dry or greasy skin, ribs, smooth or bumpy (hammered), rough from russet patches etc. Then there is the aroma and of course the taste, not to mention what the inside looks like when it is cut open (section). A photo doesn't tell you any of the above. So please don't be disappointed if I can't help.
Apologies for the long gap and the fact that the promised work on pollination times and shapes has not been published as planned. It is coming. I have been in hospital and have taken longer than expected to recover. My general conclusion about flowering times is that the books are accurate in stating which apple flowers with which BUT local weather conditions do affect the gaps between flowering times. They do always flower in the same order. This was only a small study using just the apples in our one garden.
Apologies for no October news, we have been on holiday in Devon and Dorset and we hardly saw an apple. All the cider orchards were bare and picked, as is the Island cider orchard at Watergate Road. Usually when walking in the autumn we pass gardens with apples on trees but not this year.