poetry and prose about place

getting ready for fall – orchard green

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Thirty years ago, we planted a young Wolf River apple tree in our side yard. I wanted to create an orchard where I could walk in the shade and gather fruit in fall.


For years we took good care of the orchard – three apple trees and a cherry. In spring I have inhaled the sweet fragrance of apple and cherry blossoms. In spring I watch the blossoms burst open like popped corn. I listen to the bees gathering their nectar. Watch the apples ripen and grow. Some years I make apple jelly, some years applesauce. In the fall I watch deer under the trees, eating their fill of apples.  One year a deer challenged me for ownership of the Wolf River tree, pounding his hoof into the ground with a loud, reverberating stomp.


A few years ago, our interests turned to other things and the orchard was left to go its own way. The cherry tree continued to bloom but produced no cherries because it is ‘self-unfruitful’  and needs another cherry tree. Two of the apple trees succumbed to the shade and died. The Wolf River tree survived, but grew tall and gangly, trying to reach the sun that peaks over the roof of the house.


Now, priorities have shifted. We are interested again in the ‘orchard’ and have plans for its future. In the next weeks we intend to cut down the dead trees. A friend has agreed to prune the Wolf River tree when the season is right, to bring its branches within reach.  I will buy another cherry tree so we can finally have cherries.


To seal the plan for the orchard, I have done a portrait of the apples as they grow plump in late summer. Painted in acrylics, 11″ x 14′, gallery edges, with Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White, Paynes Grey and Burnt Sienna.



August 26, 2016 ‘orchard green’ Jane Tims

Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. This one is almost curvy cubist: I really like the subtlety of the blended flowers. Your painting is ripening … congratulations.

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    August 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm

  2. That’s a lovely painting, Jane!

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    Karen Hine

    August 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    • Thanks. My photo isn’t so great but it shows the colours and shadows of the painting.


      jane tims

      August 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  3. I love big Wolf River apples. I remember the trees we had on my grandmother’s property and how huge some of the apples would become. One would nearly do a recipe for apple pie. My grandmother is gone and the house has passed out of the family but the Wolf River trees are still there, now overgrown with tangled vines and weeds. Best wishes with your orchard.

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    Carol Steel

    August 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

    • The Wolf River apples grow so big. I did the painting of a photo taken in early August when they were smaller and green. Now they are a stripy red. Nice you also know this variety! Jane


      jane tims

      August 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

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