As well as a 30 foot by 15 foot allotment that I rent from the council, we are also lucky enough have a little garden attached to my house, I mostly grow herbs in it and have a little space for Boris to kick a ball around and we also have a Braeburn apple tree! We got it for free after collecting coupons on boxes of cereal about 4 years ago. Every year we hoped and hoped for blossom and apples, one year there were 5 flower, we got very excited, they started to swell and were then eaten by birds *sad*. In the winter I decided it would probably be a good idea to prune it, we had let it grow as much as possible thinking it was only little so we needed to give it some time to grow. I cut back quite a few of the branches and a few months later the tree was covered in blossom! We were thrilled and immediately covered it with net to protect it from the birds and hung old CDs from it to scare the bird off. It has been positively cosseted ever since and is now heavy laden with apples that we are waiting with baited breath to fully ripen, then eat! It is so heavy that we have had to prop it up with the frame of a portable green house!
So I couldn't resist sharing some photos with you of our beloved tree with it's apples, having waited so long for them I am sure you will forgive the slight boasting nature of this post!