The Poem

My Own Orchard at Lyndenlea

Grenadier apple tree (Malus domestica 'Grenadier') in the garden behind Lyndenlea - click for a larger versionWell, I say "orchard"...

In fact, there is but one apple tree (pictured right) in the grounds of Lyndenlea. It is of the Grenadier variety (Malus domestica 'Grenadier'), an early-season English cooking apple that originated in Buckinghamshire circa 1862. There used to be a second apple tree behind the garage (no idea what sort), but it died many years ago and I only remember it as a stump, which I dug out during a fit of landscaping in the summer of 2003.

See a photo of the solitary Grenadier apple tree (Malus domestica 'Grenadier') in the garden behind Lyndenlea: Small (92 KB) or Large (140 KB)

Until about 1960 there was a proper but small orchard behind the garden, and although it never belonged to Lyndenlea, it very nearly did. It was triangular in plan and adjoined open fields on its other two sides. Upon one of these two fields was built 25 houses, one of which adjoined the orchard. The owners of Lyndenlea at that time quite understandably didn't want the garden of this new house extending along the back of their own, so they attempted to buy the orchard. But the other landowner was also attempting to buy it, and by virtue of his various contacts he succeeded. No trace of the orchard now remains.

Links to further information about Grenadier apples