Follow the lifecycle of a single apple bud from dormancy to harvest, in this series of 40+ photos.
Gallery: Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ in Winter
A few snowy and icy days provided an opportunity for some lovely, wintry photos of a rather superb crab apple.
Orchard Blossom Season is Almost Here
Spring-time in the orchard and beautiful blossom buds are about to burst into life. So why is it such a tense and worrying time..?
Gallery: Impressions of Four Cotswold Orchards
Here’s a brief taster of four orchards that I visited in early June (longer write-ups to follow in due course).
Gallery: Pear Blossom at Ordsall Hall, Spring 2021
Enjoy this selection of photos of the Hall’s heritage pear trees in full bloom a couple of weeks ago.
Gallery: Winter in the Orchard at Quarry Bank
A few chilly images of the Apprentice House orchard at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal.
Gallery: Winter in the Orchard at Ordsall Hall
A few pics, taken in haste before my fingers froze, on a bitterly cold January morning,.
Gallery: Harrison’s Nurseries Catalogue, 1912
In which a few colour plates from an old plant catalogue leads to an hour’s worth of speculative detective work.
Gallery: Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020
2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.