I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 7

Autumn: a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and there is no doubting 2014 will go down in the horticultural history books as a blooming marvellous year for everything that grows and/or bears fruit…unless you happen to be a little apple sapling whose fruit producing possibilities have been somewhat stymied due to the nomadic lifestyle of its owner.

What is more, adding insult to injury, the opposing face of autumn’s bounty is foliage depletion aka leaf fall and that is one thing our apple sapling has definitely managed to participate in great earnest. In fact, as with his teenaged owner, if anything he is a bit too willing to engage in this adult ritual of which his more mature neighbours are slightly leaves on groundless enthusiastic as they continue to put their energy into apple production.

There are some leaves that have fallen off his much bigger and older cousins, but not so you’d notice given their generous coat of leaves, but for our little fellow, the loss of just one leaf does have quite a dramatic effect on his appearance and he is now somewhat gangly and twig like.

Sadly, for those of you who have read my previous posts on our cultivated family member, you will recall he has the additional burden of a leaf mould that is clearly going to need attention next spring, so in a way, perhaps he is quite pleased to cast off his less than attractive foliage.

So you would think with his stunted growth, zero blossom to entice the pollinators, not even a pea sized apple and leaves that wore a grey fur coat for most of the summer, that he would be spared anymore molestation; but you’d be wrong.

For over the past four weeks I have noticed some rather large holes appearing, some from the edge moving inward but one gert big one bang smack in the middle of a leaf.

Our apple sapling is being eaten alive!leaves hole in leaf

Well OK perhaps that is little dramatic, but some little beast has a voracious appetite for organic Royal Gala grown-from-seed apple sapling leaves.

All I can hope is that the furry mould that once coated the leaves and has now turned a bronze brown colour, will give the little perisher a sore tummy!

But when all’s said and done, our little apple sapling has made it through his first summer alongside the big boys rather than in his restrictive plant pot, and I am rather pleased to see a delicate new shoot has emerged.

So I have high hopes for him and who knows, perhaps he too will join the other big pollinator desirable plants when the time comes. leaves new shoot

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About Sophia Moseley

Freelance Copywriter, Feature Writer and Author. Looking for that illusive job that every working mother craves but surviving, just, on what I can find. My writing and poetry keeps my sane. Watch this space.
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10 Responses to I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 7

  1. I hope whatever is making the holes doesn’t have a taste for fresh leaf salad.

  2. Amanda says:

    What a lovely post on your apple tree, I too am following a apple tree and feel it has not done as well this year. We also have a young apple tree in the garden, the first year we just got one apple but this year we have had over twenty.
    Amanda xx

  3. Maybe what’s eating it is doing so because it’s diseased, and is therefore tidying up? One hopes for the best!

    • That would be a nice conclusion to draw though I sadly have me doubts! I am reluctant to spray anything non-organic on it, so will have to take some advice if it appears next year.
      Thank you for commenting.

  4. Chloris says:

    Your little apple tree sems to be coping valiantly with all these trials. Maybe next year you will get some blossom.

  5. Erika says:

    Seems to be a tough time for apple trees. The one I’m following is also being eaten alive…

    • I guess it is all linked – all the plants, no matter what they are, have done brilliantly this year, so the creatures that eat them are similarly thriving!
      I may well have to be a bit more proactive next spring with some sort of deterrent!
      Thank you for commenting.

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