• Monday, 4 May 2020:
    Honeybee on Court of Wick at Sarah's orchard

    Honeybee on Court of Wick at Sarah's orchard

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    Honeybee on Court of Wick at Sarah's orchard

  • Monday, 4 May 2020:
    Sarah's blossom survey

    Blossom Survey 2nd May 2020

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    Blossom Survey 2nd May 2020

    Keswick Codlin, 7 yrs old

    Full Blossom

    Duke of Devonshire 12 yrs

    50:50 Full Blossom: Pink Bud

    Margil 12 yrs

    50:50 Full Blossom: Pink Bud

    Court of Wick, 20 yrs

    Full Blossom

    Lord Lambourne, 20 yrs

    50:50 Full Blossom: Pink Bud

    Arthur Turner 12 yrs

    Full Blossom

    Newton Wonder, 20 yrs

    Pink Bud

    Scots Brigit 12 yrs

    Pink Bud

    Lemon Pippin 12 yrs

    Pink Bud

    Kingston Black 12 yrs

    Pink Bud

    Brown Snout 12 yrs

    Green Cluster

    Sunset, 20 yrs

    50:50 Full Blossom: Pink Bud

    Lanes Prince Albert, 20 yrs

    Pink Bud

    Bradleys Seedling, 2011, graft

    50:50 Full Blossom: Pink Bud

    Maltster, 2011, graft

    Full Blossom

    130 m above sea level, ages approximate, the earliest blossom year ever for us, honey bees working hard

  • Sunday, 3 May 2020:
    Blossom survey 2020

    Postcode: CA2 4BT

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    Postcode: CA2 4BT
    • Variety name: Howgate Wonder
    • Blossom stage: Full blossom
    • Date: 29 April 2020
    • Age of tree: Planted c1980 according to neighbour
    • Any details about the situation: 35 m altitude according to phone GPS; photograph taken facing northwards close to house

  • Friday, 1 May 2020:
    Blossom survey CA3 9JD 50ft above sea level

    A Lord Lambourne and Bramley both flowering 95% on 30th April 2020.Large amount of ...

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    A Lord Lambourne and Bramley both flowering 95% on 30th April 2020.
    Large amount of blossoms nearly best ever.
    Lots of bees and insects about too.
    It due to very good sunny dry weather with low winds i suspect.
    Wildlife benefitted from covid19 shutdown it seems.
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  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020: Brookside Cottage pear tree
    Brookside Cottage Pear tree

    CA10 3JP Pear variety unknown Full blossom 25th April 2020 20 years pl...

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    CA10 3JP
    Pear variety unknown
    Full blossom
    25th April 2020
    20 years plus
    620 ft above sea level in valley bottom at Crosby Ravensworth

    Regards

    Drew Woodward

  • Monday, 27 April 2020: Gennet Moyle
    Earliest apple blossom at Mosser

    Gennet Moyle – 50% full blossom on 20/4/20

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    Gennet Moyle – 50% full blossom on 20/4/20

    Tree is 5-6 years old

    650ft amsl, NE facing slope

    CA13 0SR

  • Tuesday, 7 April 2020:
    Recipe for Upside Down Apple Cake

    I thought Members might like a recipe that puts their apples...

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    I thought Members might like a recipe that puts their apples to a very good use. It makes a lovely moist textured cake. I don’t know how long it keeps for – not long in our house! Enjoy.

    Caryl

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020:
    Spring is on the way

    Swelling buds on Ashmead's Kernel

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    Swelling buds on Ashmead's Kernel

  • Saturday, 15 February 2020:
    Spreading apples across Cumbria - its not all hard graft!

    Members' grafting event held at Newton Rigg on Saturday 15th February

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    Our 10th annual grafting event was held at Newton Rigg College on Saturday 15th February 2020. Despite the advent of storm Dennis, 17 members attended, some of whom were returnees, but many who were there to try grafting for the first time. 4 grafters joined NCOG specifically to take part in this event and create their own trees!

    The workshop was led by Hilary Wilson, Mark Evens, Chris Braithwaite and Ros Nichol. Every rootstock ordered by NCOG was used, plus some extras. In total, more than 60 new trees were grafted using scion wood supplied from members' orchards. We are delighted to be assisting in the growth of new orchards and the spread of heritage apple varieties across North Cumbria and beyond - we estimate that we have been responsible for 500-700 new trees over the last decade!

    Thanks go to Hilary, Mark, Chris and Ros for sharing their expertise and to Shelagh Todd, Head of Horticulture at Newton Rigg, for hosting and facilitating the event. Thank you also to Alison Evens for administering the sale of rootstocks.

  • Thursday, 13 February 2020:
    Best apple now

    Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel y...

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    Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel yesterday evening to prepare a pudding. Had to open 16 to get 5 without rot. Those five were a fine flavour but poor texture and cooked to a mush.
    By comparison Adam's Pearmain are still near perfect and keep shape when sliced for tarts. And the tree is much more resistant to canker.
    Winston are keeping well but their flavour is fading.
    Ken Parkes