Nearly a year after writing the note about a fire blight strike on what I had purchased as Medaille d’Or, I should note it definitely is NOT that cultivar. My best guess so far is Twenty Ounce. Since its bloom time was quite late and there is literature to suggest 20 Oz. blooms much earlier, I bow to superior knowledge in identifying this enormous, shiny green apple with burgundy blotching. I hope to take some samples to the Home Orchard Society Fall Fruit gathering next October and see what the sages decide. (There is family in.near Portland, OR, so I can see them, too!)
This spring shapes up to be quite different from last year: the next week will be in the 70s and we haven’t seen rain for 8 days already. Perhaps this provisionally earmarked “Twenty Ounce/Blessing” will dodge the FB bullet this time around.