Crofton Bloom. Simple, understated, potentially delicious.
Crab apple blooms. Showy, ridiculous, potentially useful.
|Flush with growth!|
|First sight of rose colour.|
|This is an excellent 'how to' for root stock stooling. It looks like it's a scan from an old book, but if its copyrighted I'll take it down. Not really, come and take me on eh? I'm the Night Gardener, you've heard about what I like to do.|
|I managed to find a nice sunny spot for the process. Can you spot the stock?|
|Here's a closeup. Sheared off at ground level and basted in bitumen, Stooling is brutal!|
|Various styles of pruning and training are used in the heritage orchard. Can they compete with my style of not quite knowing what I'm doing including grafting with calipers and weeding with sterilized tweezers? Only time will tell.|
|Wildlife! It's all so very different close up isn't it. Its terribly important to have some water fowl in your orchard, I must remember to get some,|
|On the way home I found out that Templestowe can be a mysterious and truley magical place. Undeniably influence by back to the future II and III, someone had tried their hand at converting a Commodore station wagon into a time travelling Delorean! Clearly they've run into a few teething problems as they've not been able to decide whether to go for the flying version from BTTFII (refer to rear wheel) or the esoteric railcar variety from BTTFIII (front).|
|You've got to make up your mind on which wheels to have. For me its always the flying one (left).|
|Here's the piece of 'Bonza' scion wood that Fred was kind enough to give me as a consolation prize. It's interesting, I can't think of any other pursuit in life where the gifting of a small stick could convey such meaning and gratitude as in the noble field of Orcharding. Perhaps in that dependable union of (Hu)man and dog, but slobber and teeth marks do not a good piece of scion wood make.|
|I wasted no time grafting it to a main branch of the Sturmer tree in the orchard. While these trees are just starting out I think it's an ideal time to add new varieties to these 'founding' branches so they can become a significant part of the tree.|