Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

It's National Bramley Week!

What will they think of next? Apparently February 1st to 8th is National Bramley Week! It is 200 years since an apple pip was planted in a garden in Nottinghamshire. In 1837 it is reported that a Mr Bramley took a cutting and grew it on to maturity. In 1900 this tree fell over but started to sprout branches again (this is known as a phoenix tree) and to this day the original tree still stands. You can still buy authentic cuttings from this original tree.

Who thinks up these marketing events? I suppose it was a bumper year last year for Bramleys so there are a great number in cold storage somewhere and the supermarkets want to get rid of them (how cynical am I?). Here is a picture of some of mine which are in storage. Can you see which one I am about to pick out and throw? They still have to be checked every couple of weeks. A Brillaint company Ken Muir sells these apple trees from cuttings taken from the original tree.


At 6:33 PM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

Is it, by jove!!

I've just put a Bramley and mince meat crumble in the oven – I'll toast Mr Bramley when we eat it :-)


At 7:19 PM, Blogger VP said...

How about a scrummy apple pie to celebrate! ;)

At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Neat to know the history of your tree. I just found out about your blog today from Paula at Petunia's Garden, I met her in person along with some other Seattle-area garden bloggers. I look forward to reading further!

At 3:30 AM, Blogger Dan said...

My stored apples were a complete bust this year. I think they may have been hit by frost before I picked them, that must not have helped my situation.

That original Bramley Apple tree must be quite a sight. I will have to look to see if they grow them around here.

PS, I replied to your e-mail.

At 4:08 AM, Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Hmmmm....we had an apple discussion today (& someone still eating local fall apples from their stash). Seattle gardeners want to know what you are doing Mar. 22... e-mail me!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger Green thumb said...

The modern marketing strategies are all very fascinating. We do not have such branded marketing for fruits here in India. But taking a cue from Mr. Bramley - and his successors - I'll shortly start one:-)

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Tattyanne said...

Dont throw your apple Matron! Chop it up for the birds, they need al the help they can get at the mo! Interesting article, as always, Take care Tatty

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

I don't have a tree - but The Old Bloke next door does - and welcomes us using his windfalls. Without knowing it is National Bramley Week I took some frozen cooked apple from the freezer yesterday for tonight's Apple Crumble. Nice to be IN step for a change!

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Gary Jen Sammie and Ruby said...

Seems like a marketing ploy to me too.

But hey, are they not lovely !

Thanks for your kind wishes on the news of our recent wedding.

Keep up the good work on the blog, always love to read it and catch up.


At 7:29 PM, Blogger Gardeness said...

Just popping in after a visit with Paula at Petunia's Garden. It will be lovely if you can visit our new Seattle area garden bloggers group. On apples, we have one tree that went crazy last year. I chopped up oodles of apples and froze them for crisps. All new to me of course. Cheers.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Dreadnought said...

Your apples look to be keeping well, I think I will be dumping whats left of mine at work soon as they're going soft and no one wants to bother with them anymore. Bob

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

hey, this is my first visit, my hubby has been before and said i'd like it and... i do!! You also have some of my fav blogs on your list.

Hoorah for bramley's - i'd die without apple tart!!!!

oh my word verification is cool - ollemeni

At 11:22 AM, Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Our neighbour on the allotment has a Bramley - she's very generous with them too (thanks again, Sarah, if you're reading this!) but we have two horrible generic 'pappy' apple trees in our garden that taste of nothing and won't store. I wish I could get rid of them and have a 'real' apple tree instead.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I make a suggestion about your cold storage of apples. tell me to shut up if you like some people do. Go to a supermarket and get a few of the pressed paper trays that they use in their apple boxes. Cut the tray to fit your blue plastic storage boxes and then when you place your apples in for storage they will not be touching each other. It is the touching that spreads the rot from one apple to another. Even if one rots it will not affect the others so no need for constant attention. Just a thought.

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Anna said...

I enjoyed reading about the history of the Bramley. I had never heard of the expression 'phoenix tree' before. The original Bramley tree must be a most impressive sight. I wonder whether it still crops well.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Ron, that's a great idea thank you. I might look out for some of those compressed cardboard trays for next year!

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Thanks for the story of the original Bramley tree. Never heard of a phoenix tree before.

Unfortunately there are no Bramley apples for sale in the shops here.

Excellent new marketing ploy: export Bramleys to the Netherlands. ;-)


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