Alas the Cox's Orange Pippin does not travel well, neither the fruit or tree. Here in North America few find success in growing it. It seems odd to miss an apple so much. For me it encapsulates a Suffolk childhood. A tree in every garden.
I didn't find the Cox's Orange Pippin on my property until after we had bought it. There are two, planted at the wrong end of the meadow, struggling in shade and waterlogged ground. It is bittersweet, the joy of an old friend, the knowledge it may not thrive.
The wrong end of the meadow
Buds just coming
Last week it was professionally pruned. This week fertiliser, lime and potassium rich. Planting pollinator friendly native plants. Fingers crossed.
Pictures taken April 6 2014 as part of Loose and Leafy's Tree Following project.