We collected 3 trees from Kaiwaka Gardens (ex. Koanga) and planted them yesterday. They are 2 apples - Northern Spy, a well-known and loved heritage variety, and Vaille Early which was common locally 150 years ago.
We also planted another variety of pear - Triumph de Vienna, a large brown russet and an excellent dessert pear.
and here's food for thought - according to the Koanga tree catalogue, a Northland nursery (Morrisons) had 140 varieties of apple for sale in their 1907 catalogue! 140! And then came supermarkets after WWII and the fruit was grown with one aim - long shelf-life! So we lost all the really tasty apples. Isn't that sad. It's nice to know that at least we've got a few of the old varieties in our orchard to carry on the link in the chain for future generations.