May Blossom 2020

The warm weather we have been enjoying recently has encouraged our fruit trees to blossom. The scent of apple blossom fills the summer evenings. One of our members recently took a stroll around the orchard to photograph the trees in bloom.

Photos courtesy of Zam Tea

 

 

Apple picking and juicing day October 2019

Despite the damp, rainy October we have been experiencing, we were lucky to have a sunny morning for our annual apple picking and juicing day. Despite the poor crop of apples we were able to pick enough to share with the orchard members and produce some bottles of juice.

Although the apple crop may have been disappointing this year we have had a bumper crop of hazel and cob nuts.

Summer Catch Up!

The mixture of rain and sun has helped the orchard to thrive again and it’s looking as beautiful as ever in the late summer sunshine.

The apples are begining to ripen and the plums are now purple and ready to eat.

There are abundant nuts on the nut trees and it will be a race to who can pick them first us or the squirrels!

One of our major jobs is also looming on the horizon…scything! The grass in the meadows is now ready to cut. We cut the hay using traditional methods using scythes which will all need inspecting and any repairs made before the scything begins.

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More wild flowers flourishing

Last year, we planted some native wild flowers and they have now begun to flower. Steve spotted these Ox Eyed Daisies, Ragged Robin, Yellow Flag Iris and Foxgloves. Can you guess which of these flowers are below? (Click on the images for the answer)

Spring Time

The orchard is now beginning to blossom with the slightly warmer weather and longer days. The fruit trees are producing blossom and some of our Spring flowers are appearing. The Marsh Marigolds in the ditch are a splash of yellow.

Early signs of Spring!

The mild Feruary weather has woken up our nut trees in the nut grove. the catkins are a beautiful sight and well worth a look.

We also accidently disturbed a toad during our digging, he was quickly scooped up and placed in a safe place to continue his hibination in peace.

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