Sunday, 19 April 2009

Crab apples

This year the crab apple trees have bounteous blossoms on them which means I will be able to make crab apple jelly in the Autumn. There won't be many jars filled but it will be an improvement on last year when the dozen or so fruits that matured were left on the trees. Our weeping crab apple, Malus x scheideckeri 'Red Jade' (in the photograph) flowers a little earlier than Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet'. The deep pink buds open to faintly scented single white flowers, some with a rosy flush. The subsequent fruits are red while those of 'Golden Hornet' are yellow.

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