Bramley’s Seedling October

bramley-thumbnailWhen we moved here we tried to help our children settle in by planting fruit trees. They chose the trees and planted them. Someone told us that children feel at home if they are involved with the garden. So now, thanks to them we have a mini orchard. We have cherries, damsons and apples.

Bramley-fruitThis is Bramley’s Seedling. A classic cooking apple. It was a whip about 1m/3 feet tall when we planted it and now it’s about 4-5m high. It is supposed to be on a dwarf rootstock but the way it’s going it could turn into a really big tree. It’s planted in a sunny spot and produces a lot of fruit. We give plenty away and eat apple crumbles and pies ourselves. I know we could store some over winter but I’m happy to leave the rest for the birds.

bramley-shadeToday the fruit is still firm and glossy. Apples are bright red on the sunny side of the tree and still quite green on the shady side.

Some apples have already fallen to the ground and others higher up the tree have been eaten by crows and wasps. The leaves are still green but not as healthy looking as they were last month. There are brown edges in places and a slight yellowing where the chlorophyll is fading. Autumn is here for the Bramley.bramley-october

Follow a Tree
Today I’ve joined in with the monthly Tree Following blog hosted by Lucy at Loose and Leafy. 

I will be looking at this little apple tree each month to chart the changes through the seasons.

If you love country gardens then I hope that you enjoyed this.
I appreciate your comments and I will try to answer all your questions. Thanks for visiting.


Hope to see you again soon.    Gillian 😉

8 thoughts on “Bramley’s Seedling October

  1. So many apples! You must be really, really pleased.

    I’m glad you’ve joined us in Tree Following and have added you and your blog to the Loose and Leafy Tree Following Page. You might like to check I’ve got everything right.


    1. Thanks for accepting me so late in the year Lucy. I’m delighted to join in.
      Yes, we are very pleased about the apples… there’s nothing quite like the taste of your own apple crumble is there?
      I’m just waiting for someone to develop a custard tree now! Gillian 🙂

    1. Like all Bramleys they are a bit sharp so we add plenty of blackberries or sultanas with a good spoonful of sugar.
      The crumble is especially good when my daughter makes it. Gillian 😉

  2. Your apple tree looks allot better than mine I’m following, but I do have one we planted in our garden and has done much better. Looking forward to your posts over winter on this tree.

    1. I think everything depends on where the tree is, how sheltered, how much sun and rain it receives.
      Looking forward to reading about your trees too. Gillian 🙂

  3. Congratulations on having such a productive tree. The apples are beautiful … as well as good for crumbles and pies!

    1. Thanks for your comment Hollis. Super apple crop this year… but not so good last year. That’s the way it goes with gardening isn’t it? I’d like to think I have some influence but really it’s nature doing it’s thing. We had a lovely long spell of warm weather in May, June and July followed by plenty of rain in August. Gillian

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