|Sarah Juniper binding a new graft of 'Rose of Ciren' onto M27 stock.|
With the end of the snowdrop season I am able to get away from Colesbourne in daylight again - and there is a lot of catching-up to do. Back in October 2010 I wrote about the rare apple variety 'Rose of Ciren' and said I'd be getting material of it grafted that winter. That never happened, thanks to the hard winter, and another attempt in January this year had to be aborted because of snow.
This afternoon, however, I finally got to Dursley with a bundle of graft wood for the attention of Sarah Juniper. Sarah is the daughter of Dr Barrie Juniper, who was one of my tutors at Oxford and a great apple enthusiast, not only in cultivation, but also in the wild, having tracked down the wild apple to the forests of Central Asia. Sarah has inherited his enthusiasm and although her main trade is the making of shoes in period styles (see her website), a sideline is the grafting of apples and pears for enthusiasts, or those like me, who wish to preserve an old and obscure variety by propagating it. Without much good material to work with, Sarah had to do her best with 'Rose of Ciren' but she managed to find enough to produce seven new potential trees; now it's up to me to ensure that they grow.
|Apple 'Rose of Ciren'|