Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This is a picture of our granny smith apple. We planted this tree over 15 years ago and have really had a time nurturing it to the way it looks now. We are in an area that has lots of cedar trees that grow wild. We had had a terrible time with our apple and pear trees due to cedar blight. We finally resorted to cutting down our pear trees and other apple tree as they got so bad with the blight. This tree we have carefully cut off the limbs with blight and also would pull off any fruit for many years as the blight attacks through the blossoms down into the limb where the fruit is. I'm praying we won't have this happen this year as you can see how many blooms it has and if it attacks this year it may ruin this tree. Last few years we have been getting apples from it and enough to make apple sauce, apple butter, and apple jelly. We did do research and found some varieties of apples and pears that are supposed to be blight resistant so we have planted some of them but they are still so small yet that it will be years before they produce. But at least we can enjoy the blooms on this tree as long as it lasts and also the lovely smell they make. (they are kin to the rose family). We are in 80F temps this week but supposed to have storms tomorrow and then drop back down in the 30's one or 2 nights. Praying there is no frost or freeze. But looking at this tree I can relate it to myself. I have gradually trimmed out the things that were making me so unhealthy and today I can stand tall and proud that I'm much much healthier than before and hoping that my fruit produces..