Thursday, 15 December 2011

Inspiration

Thank you for all your helpful suggestions. One of them  - a grandchild - didn't get passed on to the Lovely Son and girlfriend though, for obvious reasons (well, timescale and expense, anyway, as well as it being None Of My Business, delightful daydream though it was).

No, the Christmas present suggestion came to me in a blinding flash.....


I looked out yearningly at the sodden mess of mud and bleak paving slabs - currently littered with builders' buckets and ladders - that I hope will one day become a lovely little garden, and thought I would like an apple tree. And perhaps a plum. Or a pear. Or a cherry. Or a .... oh, I don't know. Definitely an apple tree for starters, anyway. After all, we are in Somerset now.

So that's what I'm being given for Christmas.

Easy!

(whisper: although a grandchild would have been nice too......)

18 comments:

Sue said...

You should have a quince tree!

the veg artist said...

That's the thing about a garden - wanting something for the garden is not at all the same as wanting something for oneself!

Marcheline said...

What a great idea! Looking forward to photos of said tree and the planting party!

Toffeeapple said...

What a good idea, you can start a small orchard.

I won't be getting a grandchild at all but I don't mind that much.

BumbleVee said...

sounds perfect.... something to grow.... lovely.

frayedattheedge said...

An excellent idea, there are lots of fruit trees suitable for smaller gardens ..... maybe an olive tree too? I gave Malcolm one for our wedding anniversary the year we moved here, but unfortunately the two dreadful winters killed it, but you shouldn't have that problem down there in warmer climes!

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SmitoniusAndSonata said...

lovely idea ... shade in the summer , blossom and fruit . and there's a lot to be said for little eating apples , baked in the oven with a little dusting of cinnamon ....

jabblog said...

Perfect! Are you going to choose it?

dinahmow said...

Apple trees are among the things I miss.
One of the trees (in the back garden when I was a child) had the most wonderful eating apples. I'd planted an apple core and this little tree was the result. No varietal name, but guess what? The Royal Gala I buy today has that same crisp flavour.

funkykarmamagic said...

Oh an apple tree sounds wonderfull, giving years of enjoyment

Arthur Ransome said...

I hope it's an Ashmead's Kernel. I can never see a flower fairy without thinking of my sister who loves them. Is there a fuchsia flower fairy? I can't remember.

elizabethm said...

Qunice trees are beautiful and exotic if less useful. If you take Sue's suggestion and go for a quince may I suggest Vranja which is pretty tough. My favourite of all our apple trees is the Howgate Wonder - a cooker which keeps for months and grows sweeter as it keeps, apples as big as babies heads, beautiful blossom, heavy cropper. Ashmead's Kernel is good too!

mountainear said...

Yes, quince are things of beauty. Re apples - watch your root stock, go for something which will be in scale with you garden.

Planting trees is a good thing to do. Good thought.

The Wanderer said...

Just hope your Son and Girlfriend doesn't read your blogs. He be sat there frozen stiff staring at the computer screen lol.

Isabelle said...

Well, currently I recommend the grandchild idea but if you want to eat your gift then an apple tree sounds more promising.

Preseli Mags said...

Perfect! Just don't let Flossie get her teeth on it...

love those cupcakes said...

Great idea but I was kind of hoping you'd opt for your very own alpaca.

Marcheline said...

It's my birthday! Make an old lady happy and stop by my blog for a cocktail! 8-)

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