Buying an apple tree

April 26, 2018

Hi everyone,
I was very excited today because today was the day we decided to buy a replacement apple tree for the one we had to take down last year to make way for the carport.
Buying an apple tree is serious stuff for me because this is the ONE apple tree we can have in the garden, so we took some time to chose the one we wanted.

First, we went to our closest garden center Frosts Farm, and we had a cup of tea and a brownie and sat for a while with our apple book and I explained a little about malling rootstocks to Robbie so he understood the choices and could be in on the decision.

After looking at the selection of apple trees, we decided that Frosts didn’t have a tree which would grow tall enough for us, but did have a great deal on 2 for 1 dahlias! I also needed a new pair of my favourite leather gauntlet gardening gloves, so I got those too.

So we drove off to my favourite garden center Burford.

We went straight to the apple trees and found our tree.
We decided on a Braeburn apple on an M106 rootstock which will grow the height we want it to.

Whew, when you only can buy the one tree! That’s a big decision.
Then I tried to pass up the other great deals on offer!

But I did need to look around, (and garden twine, I definitely needed garden twine), so we parked up our tree and had a lovely walk inside the store.
(you can just see our apple tree peeping up above the jasmine hoops)

In our hood, there is a lot of spare turf off-cuts from the lawn which is being put into the new housing development and I was wondering if it might work to grab the off-cuts, turn them upside down, pile them into a mound, or into a barrel, and plant potatoes in that somehow.
Has anyone done that? I’ve heard of it before.
I think I might try.

Oh swoon!
Look at these amazing secateurs and gardening tools.
And, for anyone needing some pest extermination work, there’s a Dalek for that.

I fell in love with this beautiful heart shaped trowel.

I also fell in love with the potting bench the tools are on!

There’s my twine.
Grabbed one.

Now let’s look around the store some more.
This place is more than a garden center. It’s a home, gift, beauty, antique, restaurant, deli, wine, toy, garden center.
And they tend to have unusual things which I haven’t seen other places.
Look at those beautiful, multicoloured lights. They seem to be made from hand-blown bottles all bound up together. And those shiny velvet ribbon spools!
I’d buy them just to have them around to admire and touch.

These guys!
This might be silly, but I’d love three of them just sitting like sculptures in the front hall.

Some of the fabrics and cushions here are amazing.

Handwoven and embroidered throws, kilim rugs, hand-dipped candles…

And the colours!
I love them.

The throw, hung here on the wall like a tapestry, was a printed throw but really beautiful too. I love that whole feel of old botanical illustrations come to life.
Also love the fox doormat.

Here in the outdoor section is my dream apple storage cabinet for when my apple tree starts producing enough apples that we can store them up for winter, and my dream, hand-forged firepit for those late autumn evenings under the apple tree.

Sigh.
But too soon it was time to pay for the tree and twine and take our new baby tree home.

I think I might have to make some time to visit again.

Adieu April showers, bring on the May flowers!
Hello from Sunday night, and a field walking, car showing me!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch April 26, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Goodness…Indeed!!!

  • Reply Susan April 26, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Your new apple tree will be the perfect fit. Braeburn is a lovely apple. Your garden center has very beautiful and unique items. We had rain yesterday so the day before I limed and fertilized the lawn and planted a peach tree as well as a couple blueberry bushes. Now we just wait patiently for our fruit.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks April 26, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Yum! Braeburn apples are delicious! I love garden centres like that too, the ones that are full of gifts and homewares, often unique!
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  • Reply Shammy April 27, 2018 at 2:19 am

    You had a lovely day pottering around the garden centres. Those gardening tools are gorgeous but fearfully expensive. I wish you great success with your apple tree, lots of delicious fruit in the future and many happy hours sitting in the shade under it’s branches on a sunny day.

  • Reply Timothy May 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Looks like you had a nice day out Veronica. Love the garden tools, they are made in Holland in my old hometown. In fact the son of the owner is a friend of mine… small world, haha

  • Reply Daryl May 7, 2018 at 5:46 am

    i would have been hard pressed to only buy a tree and some twine …

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm May 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I could have spent hours in that nursery centre. And that selection of potatoes .. wow! Apple tree selections are super important .. best of luck with the Braeburn. Is codlin moth a worry for you?

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