When I was walking under the Snow Apple tree today, I was surprised to see 3 little apples on one of its lower branches, each about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. This is an heirloom tree, a Snow Fameuse, which is a parent of the aromatic McIntosh. The tree produced a lot of apples this summer but the squirrels ate all of its apples before they were even ripe, so by the end of July there were no apples left on the tree. I also have 4 other apple trees, a McIntosh, a Red Rebel, a Sops of Wine and a crab apple variety which also produced well but the squirrels got all of their apples as well. Therefore, we got no apples this year….again. The last 3 years it was the grasshoppers, millions of them devouring everything. Who would have imagined a “squirrel plague”?
So here it is November 7 and we are about to have our first freeze of the season. I covered up many of my herbs and bedded plants with frost blankets and I even gently wrapped up the 3 little apples on their branch, just in case they might actually ripen. Could that happen? I don’t know. Seems rather doubtful at this time of the year but one can try.
Interesting too is the fact that the Snow Apple tree still looks like it’s enjoying summer with its dark green leaves while the other apple trees are shedding their leaves as typical of deciduous trees in the fall. First time this has ever happened in my apple orchard.
Gardening is always full of surprises!