I do love this time of year, the apple trees are all in bloom here. I think that we need to invent the smellernet, the perfume from all the trees is fantastic, especially in the sunshine – when it decides to shine on us!
I planted quite a lot of them many years ago, after discovering that the huge vegetable garden that I had planned might be a little difficult, due to the lack of soil.
The field that I had intended to use turned out to have been, in the past, a stock yard, where cattle were kept. The whole area has about two inches of soil, underneath which there is about three feet of stones.
When I planted the trees I had to use a pick axe and, as there were around twenty five trees, it took me a while. Once they had their roots down the trees really loved it. The insects love the trees and I love the fruit. As do our two dogs. They regularly inspect the trees to see if there are any apples that they can steal. Oh and the chickens like apples too, good job that I planted so many. 🙂
There are one or two rhododendrons flowering too, very pretty but no smell or fruit off them.