Archives for September 2010


September 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

APPLE-YEAR My last winter apple I ate today. Shapely and stout in their modelled skins Securely packed in my cellar bins Two dozen good kinds of apple-spheres lay. And today I went to my orchard trees And picked me the first-ripe yellow fruits That hung far out on the swinging shoots In summer suns and... View Article

Why Do We Need So Many Apples?

September 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

About thirty years ago (1892) I compiled an inventory of all the varieties of apple-trees sold in North America, as listed in the ninety-five nurserymen’s catalogues that came to my hand. The inventory contains 878 varieties. In the present year, however, perhaps not more than 100 varieties are handled by nurserymen in Eastern United States.... View Article