When we decided to move out of the city a couple of years ago, one of the things Jim wanted was an apple tree in the garden. Having fallen in love with the house and the Bothy, we decided the apple tree was not a critical factor!! Perhaps this was helped by the fact that we inherited about 14 trees at the back of the property, and 47 conifers. I know the number because they need trimmed a couple of times a year…. and it’s not my favourite job.
Still, we came back round to thinking it would be nice to have an apple tree so this week we bought one and it now has pride of place in the middle of the front lawn. Hopefully at some point in the future it will be a source of apples not just for ourselves, but for our guests to the Bothy.
I’m looking forward to it as I love Cox’s apples and I can’t wait for the year when I can eat them fresh from the tree. The instructions were to water it once a week for a year – I’m wondering if this is truly necessary in Scotland!!! So I think I’ve already decided that six months a year between April and September will be quite enough!