Finally had a day off from work, so I started my 2018 grafting season.
Unusual warmth after an endlessly long winter: 83F with full sun; not a cloud in the sky; no leaves on the trees to hide under yet. It felt hot as hot. I wilted under the relentless sun.
I only got three varieties of apples grafted (with a few backups) before I had to leave to tend to family matters. I guzzled water on the way home. After not seeing it for half a year, the sun really zapped me today.
I executed all clefts and saddles.
Henry Clay apple grafts on a Lodi/Williams’ Pride B.9 frankentree. It took me 4 years to track this one down. Finally obtained it from the Temperate Orchard Conservancy, which saved it from the Botner collection. This guy better damn take.
I also threw on a stick of @Stan’s Wickson:
I also put Wickson on another G.935 frankentree to accompany Pixie Crunch, Chestnut, and Pomme Gris (my LITTLE APPLES tree).
I put a stick of Yates apple from @scottfsmith on some 111 roots before calling it a day, and retreating down the mountain.