Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Having an Appley Weekend!

It really is an apple extravaganza of a weekend! At the RHS Wisley they are having a Taste of Autumn festival to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the first Bramleys Seedling apple. Of course, no Autumn show would be complete without a spectacular display of pumpkins and squash. Every conceivable variety you could think of, and experts on hand to answer any veggie questions.
You can see the lovely pale blue Crown Prince squash in the foreground, and the unmistakable Turks Turban squash below.
A veritable feast for the eyes and gives me ideas of which varieties I might like to grow in the future.
The Autumn show at Wisley also offers a free apple identification service, you take along at least 3 apples from a tree and the expert will identify the variety for you. This is no mean feat when there are thousands of apple varieties to chose from.
For Matron, no trip to Wisley is complete without a stroll through the fruit orchard. All those windfall apples...seems a shame to leave them there... a few may or may not have been 'liberated' from their fate! This is my favourite place to be at this time of year!
A few of these windfalls did make their way back home with Matron!
Finally, not to be outdone, my local fruit orchard Home Cottage Farm had their open day yesterday. Local producers and growers must be supported, so I did. These are the last of an amazing crop of Cox's apples. A real testament to the reasons why you must eat fruit and veg which are produced in season, and not stored in a refrigerator for 6 months then transported round the other side of the world. These apples were heavenly!


At 9:55 PM, Blogger miss m (InfG) said...

Fall displays are just so lovely ! Look at all those beautiful squashes & pumpkins.
Hmm, some of those apples look a tad overripe to liberate. I hope you were picky ! ;) The orchard looks massive. How many trees do you know ?

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Wild Mood Swings said...

I'm normally chief liberator though , damn I missed it

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many apples. I also have a problem that I dont know what to do with them, especialy those that fall on the ground - they are still OK but they will rotten fast on the spot where they hit the ground. Enjoy them while they are fresh and in season!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Lovely pictures Matron. We had our first home grown apples this year. My favourite apple is the Egrement Russet but I've never tasted them as good as the ones we grew. It's the freshness, I reckon. Our Charles Ross is a good eater but yesterday I made an apple tart with a huge one. Another great taste. Keep fruit local and in season, say I!

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

That is a great apple mosaic with the Bramleys. Of course you couldn't let all the windfalls jut lie there. You had to think of all the tipsy Blackbirds they would have caused.

At 4:59 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Apples in the fall are just a natural pairing. The sweet crisp bite match the cool sharp autumn weather. Clear and crisp.

Thanks for sharing the apple adventure with us.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous easygardener said...

I had it on the calendar but couldn't make it in the end. It looks very interesting (and colourful). Amazing how they can identify the apples given the number of varieties and the similarities.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Hi matron, a fabulous display of autumn colour and produce.I find deep pockets are a great thing to bring on these visits!!

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

What a wonderful day at Wisley, I so wish it was a bit closer to me it is such a great garden.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

I see that Wisley is where I must visit next time I'm in the UK. Appley it certainly was and a bit squashy and pumpkinny too. Here we are mostly grape-y. ;-)


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