It is now cared for and run by jacks son, Tim, who over the years has also built up a fascinating range of small shrubs, unusual perennials and alpines. Among the stock is a large number of apple trees, with a strong emphasis upon dwarf varieties. All the trees are raised by budding on to rootstocks, and range from dwarfing, stocks to more vigorous ones. Dwarf varieties have the advantage of fruiting earlier – some after as litde as two or three years – compared to those that produce larger trees. The trees grow and fruit best in fertile ground and benefit from adding compost and bonemeal to the growing site. DINING CHAIR IDEAS Staking is also important to minimise wind rock, and Tim advises planting them in groups of two or three to encourage pollination.