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Czech Republic hosted Europom in 2017 at Olomouc, organised by the Czech Union of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners

 

I have been told that several of the twenty or so apple trees in my orchard in the Czech Republic are of historical interest. Apparently a professor from Mendel University took two varieties to a conference in Geneva several years ago. Are there any links to a Czech equivalent of the local fruit groups and societies operating in England (such as the East of England Apple Orchard Project) where I could get the apples identified (preferably without too much expense) so that the trees can be cared for appropriately and perhaps DNA’d?Any assistance would be much appreciated – especially if the organisation had some English or German speakers, as I don’t speak Czech.

David Midgley

Europom 2017, the international apple festival created by the Belgian fruit society, NBS (Nationale Boomgaardenstichting) is held in a different European city every year. In 2107 it was in Olomouc, Czech Republic hosted by Czech Union of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, which may be a good place to start. They celebrated their 60th birthday in 2017. Here is the website: http://www.zahradkari.cz/europom/en/item/11-olomouc-nabizi-historicke-pamatky-i-relax.html

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Dr Hogg’s Fruit Manual, reprint of 1884 edition

Readers of this Blog may be interested to know Robert Hogg’s Fruit Manual; A Guide to the Fruits and Fruit Trees of Great Britain, facsimile edition, once £40, has been remaindered, and is now obtainable from http://www.psbooks.co.uk for £8.99 plus pp £2. Catalogue no. 298, book no.505752.

Jim Streeton

Now reprinted 2018

Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth: the Art of Practical Pomology by Elizabeth Waugh was first published in 2009. The book went out of print for a while, but we are delighted to tell you that it has been reprinted and is available once again. When first published, in 2009, we reviewed it on our main website under the title ‘The Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth‘. There was also an article about the conservation of a remaining orchard on the site of the Nursery on this Blog: – ‘The Rescued Orchard and the Rivers Heritage’ by Paul Read. For more information on the Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard go to: www.rhso.co.uk

In brief this is a book of 200 pages illustrated with old photographs and maps. It is the story of an outstanding contributor to the history of fruit growing in Britain. A long-established family firm (1725 – 1987), the Thomas Rivers directors and the many local men and women who worked on the land and in the greenhouses developed the Conference pear and Early Rivers plum as well as apple varieties and oranges. The agricultural history of East Hertfordshire is entwined with the rise and fall of the business.

To purchase this book for £15 plus p&p, email www.rhso.co.uk

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My summer raspberries had one pick then just gave up. Autumn raspberries are very short (less than a metre tall), fruit is very small and hardly worth picking! All my blueberries produced fruit, which looked like a reasonable crop, then just gave up. Are others finding the same problems?

Should we be looking at more exotic plants to suit our anticipated long hot summers?

Michael Moulton

Young mulberry tree

I want to propagate some mulberry cuttings from a tree growing in a local estate. I tried cuttings in pots last March but none of them rooted. Will they graft onto any particular type of rootstock? Or should I just try cuttings in the ground during the winter?
I picked around 12lb of mulberries off one of the trees this morning, seriously messy! Tonight I will make some mulberry jam and possibly some mulberry liquor.

Adrian Baggaley.

Navaho blackberry

Picked a Navaho blackberry tonight, 50mm long by 30mm wide: this is the biggest blackberry I have ever seen.

I once had a Black Bute 2 and 3/8 inches long (60.3mm) but that was only around 5/8 of an inch (15.8mm) across.

Has anyone picked a larger blackberry?

Adrian Baggaley

Spoorwegster or Railway Star apple

Spoorwegster, meaning Railway Star, is the latest chance apple seedling to enter nursery lists. It was spotted growing alongside a railway line in Limburg, Belgium by Joseph Grouwels, who took some cuttings and grafted new trees for his garden. Grouwels brought this brilliantly colourful apple to the notice of the NBS (Nationale Boogaartenstichting). They were impressed, propagated trees and included it in the list of varieties they sell. As well as being remarkable for its colour, Spoorwegster/Railway Star apple will keep well into the New Year, even in amateur stores. Probably a seedling of the famous Belgian apple Reinette Rouge Etoilé, which it resembles, except that it lasts longer and is a more striking colour. The star-shaped ‘dots’, lenticels, which give Reinette Rouge Etoilé its name, however, are less prominent. Its taste is said to be good.

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