Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Morning Walk in the Back40

Aside from following an English Setter through a woodcock covert, a walk through the Back40 orchard is my favorite pastime.  Seeing which apple trees are bearing fruit, looking into my numerous bird boxes, and peering into the vernal pond are things that I love to do. Here are some pics from a recent morning walk.

A Red Limbertwig bearing a few apples for the first time. This old southern variety was listed in nursery catalogs in the early 1800's. Hopefully I'll be tasting one this fall.
A Waubay Crab limbgrafted to an Antonovka apple tree. The Waubay Crab is described as a 1 1/4 inch fruit, brilliant red, with the rich, spicy subacid sweetness of the Grimes Golden (one of it's parents) combined with the long keeping capacity and hardiness of the wild Mercer crab ( it's other parent) It was developed at the Iowa Experimental Station in the early 1930's.
A Wealthy apple.  This was the first apple to survive the harsh winters of Minnesota. Grown from a seed from Maine it 1861 it gave the early homesteaders a chance to grow their own apples. By the early 20th century it was one of the top 5 apples grown nationally.
These are just a few of the many heirloom apples that I have grafted. Each of them having an interesting story.
My nest boxes are being well used by Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.

Sadly the Chickadee nest that I had reported on earlier was taken over by a House Wren. Wren's are noted for being very aggressive and will drive away or even kill other box nesting birds like the Chickadee, Bluebird and Tree Swallow. 

1 comment:

Lester Kish said...

Your apples are already looking good. Our trees have just started to flower. Then again, we had snow this week.....