Yesterday afternoon my neighborhood came through a freak storm of high winds and heavy rain, but despite not losing power, or having a tree fall on the house or car as some in the area suffered, I lost one of my beloved apple trees. This morning I found the 4 yr old semi-dwarf Liberty thrown to the side border, its trunk snapped clean at grass level and apples scattered all over the area where it once grew.
I’m sad, because this is the first season that I’d sprayed both trees with fungicide and they were both producing heavily and seemingly finally healthy; free of most cedar rust and scab that have plagued them for their young lives.
Ali had come out for a couple of days to help with yard work. This is the way the tree looked before his visit – it’s directly behind him. He’s eyeing a tall mullein (verbascum) ready to burst into bloom.
I guess now I’ll be making an apple pie or crisp, there’s not much else to do with green apples. Amazingly the Dutchess tree survived unscathed. This is probably its last year to fruit since it now has no pollinating helper.
On a more upbeat note, the yard is finally mulched with Ali’s help! All is neat and tidy instead of wild and ungroomed. Finally, a cleared border. The neighbors should be so happy now….
Thanks Ali! He’s wearing a hat from Angkor, Cambodia and an old St. Joe Valley Greens T-shirt whose logo I designed. After a few harrowing detours around downed trees and missed trains, he’s finally back in the city safe and sound.