In the fall of 1997 we were driving along route 110 in Milan, New Hampshire when we came upon a small sign, "Apples". We had been up to the Milan Fire Tower taking pictures for a panorama. We stopped at the Lang's to buy a few apples. The fellows growing them, Henry Lang and his brother were most interesting people.
Here's Henry's brother picking apples.
Taking the apples out of the picker.
A home-made windmill, most of the workings are made from pipe fittings.
Henry Lang, showing us some of his apple varieties.
This is a bridge graft he made on one of his trees that was splitting apart. The cross piece continues to grow, holding the tree together.
Another bridge graft.
This is a pear tree he grafted onto a thorn bush. He couldn't get a pear tree to survive in the cold winters up here (40 below zero sometimes for a week at a time), so since thorn bushes do well he decided to put the two together. Notice that the upper part, the pear tree is growing faster than the thorn bush.
Here's another one he's starting, this is the thorn leaf on the lower section. You can also see some of the thorns.
The pear leaves on the top.
Here's one he started this year (1997). He put several on the same trunk and will cut off all but the best later.
A closeup showing the grafting wax to protect the graft.