Friday, September 30, 2016

Apples and I love the seasons

I love the seasons and even living in California I do experience them.

 I grew up in Wisconsin where the seasonal changes are more dramatic. Is there anything in nature more lovely than when the leaves of trees turn fall colors? Winter in Wisconsin means snow, pure white and snowflakes falling gently or heavily. I miss that. Eventually in my beloved Wisconsin snow becomes grey slush and icy driving conditions appear so that is the down side of cold winters. Seasonal changes are definitely more subtle here, but they are here. My tomatoes give up in September and then I can plant a fall veggie garden which I did last weekend.
May Sarton wrote of the autumn that
"For the joys a garden brings are already going as they come. They are poignant. When the first apple falls with that tremendous thud, one of the big seasonal changes startles the heart."
"Plant Dreaming Deep", 1968.
I am using a patio chair to support the heavily weighed apple tree branches from this old tree in our back yard. Our apples are organic, no spray used. The ones that fall to the ground are very fragrant. When we owned an apple tree orchard the fallen apples were fed to happy pigs.
We don't know what kind of apples these are as we did not plant them, but they are a bit tart and ideal for apple crumble and apple pie. A friend on Facebook suggests these are Gravenstein apples and my husband says she may be right.
If you can tell by the photos, let me know what kind of apples these are.

24 comments:

Ann said...

Don't know what kind they are but I bet the pie will be spectacular!!!
Ann

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am looking forward to getting apples this year. We usually go to Oak Glen and buy Red Delicious.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I really don't know except to say that they look so very eatable and, in fact, very beautiful.

Mildred said...

Hi Terra, Pretty photos of your apples. Here in Georgia, it is just now cooling off a little. Now that we have moved to the northern part of the state (the foothills of the Appalachian Mtns.), we look forward to colorful Autumn leaves. We will visit a couple of apple orchards, also. Your apples sound perfect for pie and/or crumble and I love both. I hope you will enjoy a delightful weekend. Best wishes with your fall garden.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I don't know all the different types but I bought some small apples at the store today that look so fresh and good. Happy weekend! Hugs!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

How wonderful to have your own apple trees.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh how wonderful! I love apples! You are truly blessed!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Even though I love apples, I am not good at knowing one from another without a label. I know green is Granny Smith and the rest are red.

donna baker said...

What a wonderful thing that must be to have an apple orchard. The deer always ate ours and an ice storm finished it off. I've planted three more, but haven't gotten any yet. Tart ones are best for pies, but for eating I love a red rome.

Susan said...

Hello Terra....I love fall, too. We have plenty of snow in winter that follows, too. Nice post! Susan

Jennifer said...

How lovely that you have an apple tree in your backyard! Lucky you! I'm glad you're enjoying the changing year. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I've heard the best pies include a variety of apples. Can't wait to make a few myself!

Jane

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I'm a native Californian from Sonoma. If you're anywhere in the Sonoma County area, there is a good chance they're Gravenstein. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You had me at "blog sista"! I'm your newest follower.

Lin said...

We used to have apple trees, but the bees just became too much during autumn. We ultimately removed them.

Enjoy the harvest for me!

DawnTreader said...

I don't have a garden with fruit trees now (well, I never had one of my own, but my parents did...) but the apple season is here and I enjoy being able to buy Swedish ones in the stores rather than imported ones... The difference is still noteable (so much more tasty when they haven't traveled from far away...)

Happyone said...

Haven't a clue as to what kind of apples there are. I like tart apples!
I live in an area with all four seasons and like each one. I even like snow. : )

Tamago said...

I have no idea what kind of apples they are...but they sure look delicious and beautiful!
Autumn is my favorite season and it's a treat after long hot summer :-)

stardust said...

Your kind comment brought me to this lovely blog of yours. The apple tree sagging with apples shows the season of fruitfulness. Apples are sold all the year round, but fresh crunch of the first bite of an organic apple in season is priceless.

Yoko

Pom Pom said...

Yummy! Call me when the pie comes out of the oven!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Terra! What a beautiful old tree!
As for the seasons, I also miss having four distinct ones. I remember Russian winters, white and crispy-cold. I also like the saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
You have a great October and please, bake an apple crisp or crumble, or pie!

Tracy said...

We are just getting proper signs of spring here and it is lovely. The autumn doesn't put on as grand a display here because we have so many evergreen trees but it is very welcome after the hot summers.
The apple looks good but I can't shed any light on the variety.

Journey to the Truth said...

It does amaze me that such a little tree can produce so much fruit. Being from Minnesota myself I completely know all to well about the lack of season changes where I live now. It is a lovely tree and I hope you get lots of good eats from them.

Jessica said...

They almost look like a mango. I have never seen apples likes those before.

Ronda@islandmother said...

Beautiful apples...I bet your apple desert was super yummy too!