Apple Blossom Time

Here’s one of my favorite spring photos from a few years ago. Our office is set in a ‘retired’ part of a huge apple orchard, and a couple of the windows in my department look out past the rhododendrons to rows of old apple trees. I’m glad I took this shot, as the past couple of years have brought increasing windstorms which have brought down many of these beautiful old trees.

4 thoughts on “Apple Blossom Time

  1. Jane,
    Out back in our old lot in Wappingers was a stand of about ten Crabapple trees. In the fall, the deer would come out of the woods and eat the fruit. In the late fall, they would eat it off of the ground and get as drunk as skunks. Once, one got so inebriated that it tumbled down the hill and had to sleep it off. The kids looked down on it from the deck with eyes as big as saucers.

  2. Those are gorgeous. My daughter informed me this weekend that we need to put another blossoming tree in the front of the house. She’s so bossy.

  3. We have one apple tree at our house, and the deer stand up and get all of the lower apples. The upper apples get the most sun, ripen more quickly, then just drop and get smushed in our driveway. I almost never get to actually eat one. Some of the old trees at our office still bear plenty of fruit, but they haven’t been properly taken care of in years (decades, probably) so they’re not protected from worms, etc., and they’re often misshapen. When you can find decent ones, they’re very good. I made applesauce from them several years ago, but the trees have been going downhill since then.

    Walt, that’s funny about the deer getting drunk off the old windfall apples. I had wondered why the deer around our office weren’t eating them!

  4. Shayne, if you do get a blossoming tree, you’re best off getting one at a nursery or garden center when the sapling is already several feet tall. I’ve made the mistake of buying the little 12″-18″ ones by mail-order, and, after a few years, they’re still only about 18″ tall. Of course, I’m not the most religious of gardeners, in fact I prefer to plant things that don’t take much work to care for, so I’m surprised that some of the things I’ve planted are still alive. 😦

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