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Queen Cox Applet

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After a very short blossom period and a few quick hand-pollination attempts from me I think we have some Queen Cox apples growing! I’m very excited. After I found that ants were munching through the flower buds I really didn’t expect any of the flowers to be in good enough shape to be pollinated. But it seems I was wrong. The little applets (if indeed that is a word) are very cute don’t you think – all furry with a hint of blush. Can’t wait to see how they develop although I might have to think about (sigh!) thinning them because some of them are very close to one another.

7 Responses to “Queen Cox Applet”

  1. stephon 21 May 2008 at 9:46 pm

    What do you think, are you lacking bees this year…? I have a small orchard and the fruit setting is looking really poor, I am worried that the beans and courgettes will suffer, although I have a few cherries they are scant. I think I will have to get my paint brushes out to do a bit of pollination.

  2. Matronon 22 May 2008 at 8:38 am

    What a stunning photo! I would love to get a proper macro – lens for my camera. You might try hanging a pheromone trap in your apple tree. I use the traps in my plum tree and it really helps prevent maggots.

  3. easygardeneron 22 May 2008 at 9:46 am

    It’s quite a surprise to see a furry baby apple – I would have thought it would look all hard and shiny. It does look cute!

  4. Gillianon 22 May 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I’m shy to ask… but how exactly did you do the hand pollination?

    Gorgeous photo!!

  5. mtpon 22 May 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Gillian – I did it with my finger – ooh err…

  6. Gillianon 22 May 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my!

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