Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bramleys - Part 2

Back in August, I mentioned the impossibility of finding "proper" cooking apples in France & reported finding a couple of potential sites for supplying Bramley Apple Trees, to grow my own.

In the meantime, I had long & constructive exchanges with both sites, and eventually ordered a container-grown plant from Orange Pippin ( in UK.
After several postponements, they informed me in October that their courrier service to France was having serious problems & they could no longer garantee delivery, so we agreed to cancel the order.

That only seemed to leave one possibility - getting a bare-roots plant from Mike Curtis's "English Nursery in France". (

I had hesitated about that option previously, in spite of Mike's helpful advice, because I thought the bare-roots shipping & planting process was more critical (less foolproof...) than using a container.
Still, with a choice of that or nothing, the decision was easy & the "tree" arrived, weighing next to nothing, but looking healthy, at the end of November.

That should have been ideal timing, but not this year, as we were just heading into a week or more of -8°C/-10°C nights.

This really has been the coldest & snowiest December in our 30 years here, but finally I found a warmish slot for planting & the Bramley is now bravely standing in the garden - in the snow...

How many years before our first apple pie?

Parting thot: "There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." - Linda Grayson

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