Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July 26 2017 Cherry Tree Planting

Mark with some Royal Tioga Cherries, ready to plant. Self fertile, lower chill, approx 500 hours.
Perhaps a week before Royal Lynn or approx, the 10th of November in our district.

 Graham's Factree Victoria Australia

We make a good, quiet team working together. 

Heeling in above and looking down a row, below.

A lovely sunny day with a cool westerly blowing.

The dogs love working with us in the winter.

This orchard life, work, is like a rhythm, attention to detail, planning ahead, but in the day.
While planting trees with my son today I remembered planting trees with my father.
Best Wishes to all.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Pruning July 03/07/17

I have been pruning fruit trees since 1981 it is a long apprenticeship.

Apricot trees

Our youngest son Mark in some plum rows.

Mark standing next to some young cherries, Simone, on colt rootstock, planted 2015.
A good, productive variety for us.

Santina to the left, Black Star to the right on colt rootstock planted 2010

Standing next to cherries, Royal Hazel on colt rootstock, planted 2013
Royal Hazel and Royal Lynn seem impressive, planting some Royal Tiago this winter.

Royal Hazel here again, above and below

In winter 1981 I first came to see this orchard with my father,
There was a cold wind blowing and it seemed unwelcoming. His dream was to grow fruit here and sell it direct to people traveling on the New England Highway. I feel proud of the farm gate sales that we have developed over the years. I have seen a lot of changes over this time, yet  a lot of things remain the same. Growing fruit is not a perfect thing and the weather is a hard task master, but I guess that it has taught me to except my own imperfections.

Best Wishes to all.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Cherry Harvest Tenterfield NSW Australia November/December 2016

These photos have been taken over the 2016 cherry harvest. Got away with some good harvest weather, demand was strong for the product, people enjoyed good fruit through the stall.

First photos Rosy Rainier

It was good to have my brothers Neil and Peter and my son Mark to help us in the harvest.

Did not put a cherry through a sizing ring this season, had no need.
Good size here with excellent flavour.

 Royal Dawn below, picked these with rosy rainier, very crisp and sweet.

 My sons Mark and Doug with our grandsons Dax and Dash.

 Santina has been a good cherry here, good size and flavour and reliable.


 Lapin below, our customers love them. I love to handle them.

Men at Work
I would be nowhere without them. Have seen many faces over the years.

Another load to the fruit barn.

 Sweet Georgia our last variety a mutation of Lapin.
 Picks just after and on the heels of Lapin.

 Jenny in the garden on a hot afternoon.

Some lovely Gladiolli

An afternoon in the nursery

Product for sale in the fruit stall. This is what we strive for.

 Neil picking some beautiful Solar Nugget apricots.

Mark picking beautiful Candy Princess peaches.
Colour, the sun is the engine.

Grand Candy nectarines

I love this Salvia, 'Waverly'

 'Freesia' in the sun.

Salvia, Radiance at the water feature
 Smoke bush on a smokey morning.

Young cherries, always good to have a few coming through.

And then, somehow we fit in Christmas
Always look forward to this day off with our family

 All boys love motor bikes

Another cherry harvest has been and gone in my life. It felt good, but it drains the body. Still picking and selling some lovely stonefruit. We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support We strive to grow the best for you and your families.We do not pretend to be the biggest or the best orchard, far from that, but this is our lot in life.
Best wishes to all.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

A Start in the Harvest

November, 2016

Have been doing some spot picking over the last week. Still cold and things are unfolding slowly. Have sold some Empress and Burlat through the stall. I took these photos today November 12.

Our Son Mark picking some Royal Hazel in the photo and Royal Lynn.

Mark and I planted these in July 2013, colt root stock, free standing vase, 6mx 3m. Perhaps the best thing I have handled in this time slot. Maybe these lower chill varieties have a place, good size, firm flesh and they eat well

 From the orchard to the stall

In the open garden at Cherry Dale

Jacobean Lily

Flanders Poppy

Good to get a start on the cherries. Stonefruit not far from starting, weather permitting.

Please come for a visit to our orchard. Walk in the trees, stroll through the nursery and garden. Visit the fairy house where the children can play. Sample our cherries and stonefruit, have a picnic lunch or morning tea in our grounds. Enjoy a nice family day out at Cherry Dale

Best wishes to all