The weather has been very wet down here in my part of Cornwall and as a result, the ground is saturated and the water table must be really high because the pond in my field has got plenty of water in it which is very unusual for this time of year. My apple trees this year have been really heavy with fruit and I now realise that I should have done something about it, probably by picking some of the fruit to stop the trees getting damaged.
Sadly, I was too late and one morning last week, I woke up to see this.
One of my poor apple trees had fallen over in the night. It's a Christmas Pippin tree so the fruit is nowhere near ripe enough to pick and eat as eating apples so I'm hoping to use them as filling for crumbles and pies that I can freeze. I'm sure it will be ok but I'm guessing it might take quite a bit of sugar to make them sweet enough to taste ok.
Today, in between the rain showers, I set about the task of lopping off the branches and taking all but the smallest apples off in readiness for a day of apple peeling and stewing tomorrow. I'm certain it's the wrong time of year to prune apple trees but I want to try and save the tree by standing it back up, firming down the roots and re-staking it ..... the stake that was there has snapped in two.
It was a pretty hazardous task though, taking the apples off the tree, because I have recently discovered a wasp's nest in the low dry stone wall which is the boundary to my property and it seemed as if every one of the little buggers was feasting on the rotting, fermenting apples that have dropped off the tree. There were drunken, angry wasps everywhere and although I'm not allergic to wasp stings, I was tested at the hospital when I had my first bout of spontaneous urticaria, I don't want to push my luck and get stung just in case.
This is my other apple tree, variety "Katy", which is also heavy with fruit but happily, just about, still standing