Hi Tom, thanks for keeping up this thread - reading the one from last year on your espaliers was so educational for me. I just grafted the first new varieties on 5 of my espaliers last weekend. Added Centennial, Bramley’s, Callville, Chestnut, and Karmijn. This weekend I hope to put on a scion of a random (probable) seedling from around Five Islands, ME that makes great tasting russets with little disease and bug damage.
Here is a pic of me grafting some extra scion on some extra B9 rootstock (which I got to try to repair some damage on one tree), and one from yesterday of flower clusters on my Roxbury Russet espalier. I’ll probably let this tree keep two apples, as I did last year, since I can’t resist the temptation of tasting some fruit. Looks like I may be able to finally taste Gold Rush, Opalescent, and Sweet Sixteen this season if things go well. BTW - you may not see the flower buds for another few days even if they are going to come since the growth on your pics is still so early.
My first time with cleft grafts; hope they take.
I’m looking forward to seeing how your trees do this season!