First up is fruit from the Blue Pearmain apple. I have a small double cordon trained around an arch. The tree is still small but this year bore its first fruit. There were two fruit, one of which was enormous - weighing in at 380 g. Unfortunately by the time I picked it it had a hole in the top, probably from bird damage. The other was half the size and weight but still larger than many other apples. The apple gets its name from the blue bloom it has, which just about comes across in the photos. My book (The New Book of Apples by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards) says that they are best used from December to February, although they have lasted as long as May. Seems like I will have to wait a while to taste this one.
This photo shows a couple of problems I have had with the tree that I've mentioned in other posts. I broke off one of the main branches whilst bending it down in cold weather in the winter - bad idea. Also, despite my thinning the apples one of the branches broke under the weight of the fruit. It remained partially attached though and the fruit developed on the branch nonetheless. I will prune it out in the winter I think. The fruit had some scab earlier in the season and I picked out the affected apples. Most of the remaining fruit looks very good apart from a few which have been partially eaten by tree climbing snails. You can see an example in the middle at the top.