No, I’m not going to talk about my car insurance, I just realized how much I love growing apple trees in my garden!
They seem to have made an arrangement to blossom altogether, somehow, and despite it could be a little overwhelming it is a great pleasure to me. The three crab apple trees (malus ‘Red Sentinel’) have been planted very small only two years ago, on the long bed that draw a line between the grass garden and the rose garden. They’ve grown quite fast and produce a lot of little red apples that last long in the cold season.
I always want more crab apples, so every time I see an interesting variety at a reasonable price, well, I get it.
Malus ‘Coccinella’ has been planted last autumn, with still a few dark red little apples hanging. It is now covered in pink flowers that looks like a million confetti. Too much pink for my taste but I like the copper green leaves, that turn a dark green later on. Last saturday, when I took the pictures, rain was forecasted and it was supposed to last all the weekend. It’s been a rather windy, dull day instead, with no rain. Sunday morning it was sunny and clear and Rudy woke me up early, jumping on my bed like a mad goat and singing “bonjour! bonjour! bonjour!…” (he’s taking french classes lately), how couldn’t I get up? I decided to get the most of the day starting with a visit to a rather close nursery and see if I could get some nice plants for the veggie garden and some summer annuals to fill up a few terracotta pots I have scattered around the house. I came home with a tray full of little tomato plants (pachino, a purple variety, some self standing ones, some big, some small, some early,… apparently I couldn’t make up my mind so I picked a few of everything), then I bought some aubergines and some sweet peppers as well as some chilies. I also bought a short plant of malus ‘Evereste’, quite similar to ‘Red Sentinel’ in blossom but then it produces yellow little fruits instead of red ones, I planted it on a pot under the pergola along with some other summer annuals to create a cozy spot for outdoor dinners. I’m rather satisfied with it, although I didn’t take any picture because I spend the whole afternoon potting up and then I realized I had a crazy amount of tomatoes to plant… Hopefully Monday it rained and the 25th it’s Bank holiday so I can go on with my job.
But let’s stay focused on malus, which is what I came here for, today. Last fall I also planted a nice quince apple, which is actually a quince pear, although it is just a pyriform old cultivar which is apparently bigger (fruits up to 600 gr.) and sweeter, the label says you can also eat the fruit raw, the taste is not sharp. I’m really looking forward to tasting it since eating a raw quince apple sounds worse than biting a green lemon! The little plant is getting ready for a rather copious blossom, so I wonder if I’m going to taste a ‘quince pear’ next fall.
San Pietro’s pear instead will produce very small, sweet and scented green pears supposedly by the end of june, the 29th to be precise, on Saint Peter’s day. We’ll see.
Other than pears I guess I’m going to have a lot of cherries by june this year. The wild cherry on the left is just over and the ‘good’ cherry on the right takes its place. They always flowers in succession, overlapping their blossoms for only a couple of days. I think of them like two old lovers, leaning one onto the other, crossing their branches in a hug.
On the veggie garden the black cabbage’s ‘gone wild’ flowering like mad. I won’t cook ribollita for a while anyway and at the end of the day they make a good display.
Other things are flowering now in the garden, as I promised I posted a picture of narcissus ‘Hillstar’ with white muscari, at the end the white halo appeared and the muscari flowered… everything went smooth as planned (at least this time!!!). Talking about white muscari I discovered last year this close relative of muscari: bellevalia romana, it looks halfway beetween a muscari and a wild hyacinth but it’s white with purple stems and anthers, thinner than a hyacinth but taller than a muscari. I like it and it seems to self seeding freely.