An apple a day
Ever eaten a Pig’s Nose or a Sugar Bush? What about a Grand Sultan? Some two-thirds of England’s orchards have been lost since the 1960s, with many apple varieties becoming extinct. The future of some of those remaining is at risk and, as such, the RHS is planting a ‘mother orchard’ of 45 local cultivars at RHS Rosemoor in Devon.
Britons buy 482,000 tons of apples per year, but just two varieties, Gala and Braeburn, both natives of New Zealand, make up almost half of British sales. This is despite the fact that, according to the National Fruit Collection, you could eat a different variety of British apple every day for six years and still not manage to try them all.
Eating, cooking and cider apples will complement the existing trees at Rosemoor. The fruit will be used in the garden’s restaurant, made into cider or juice or sold as a ‘taste of the past’.
Estimated to sell at between £14 million and £18 million at Christie’s King Street, London SW1, ‘The Art of the Surreal’ sale on February 28, La corde sensible (above, 1960) is one of the largest oils created by René Magritte. It shows an enormous crystal glass standing incongruously under a blue sky in a verdant valley, topped with a cloud, and ‘exemplifies the artist’s lifelong quest to reveal and revel in the mystery that he perceived to exist within the real world’