Friday, June 10, 2011

Ambrosia - A Taste Of BC, A New Apple Painting By Laura Leeder

"The promise of these fragrant flowers, the fruit that ’neath these blossoms lies...
Once hung, they say, in Eden’s bowers, and tempted Eve in Paradise." 
      -Walter Learned

©Ambrosia - A Taste Of BC, Watercolor, June 2011
   Laura Leeder

This small watercolor painting(8"x10") of an apple and apple blossoms is finished.  It has already travelled to Cranbrook where it has been scanned for Giclee prints and is now awaiting framing. 

The apple in this painting is named "Ambrosia" and is a new variety that is grown here in BC in the Similkameen Valley.  It was discovered by Wilfrid and Sally Mennell growing in their newly replanted orchard of Jonagold trees.

Wilfrid named the new variety "Ambrosia" because it had the honeyed flavour of "a food of the Gods".

I couldn't agree more!

I found these particular websites to have interesting and informative information about this new apple variety.

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Did You Know: 
-Pomology is the science of apple growing.
-Apples are 'self-incompatible' - you need two trees growing near each other to have successful pollination.
-Apple trees take four to six years to produce their first fruit and they can live for hundreds of years.

-Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he didn't distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio.

-The game of apple-bobbing began as a Celtic New Year tradition for trying to determine one's future spouse.
-In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.


Judy said...

Beautiful painting Laura! The lace just finishes it perfectly!
I don't know if we have Ambrosia apples here.

Laura Leeder said...

Thank's Judy, I believe I read that Ambrosia apples are now being grown by farmers in North America, Europe, Chile and New Zealand.

Not sure where they are shipped to though!

Judy said...

I did some research and found that Ambrosia apples are grown in Italy exclusively for the European market. It takes some years for the trees to grow and produce fruit, so I don't know how far they are. I will look out in the shops for the apples!

Laura Leeder said...

Keep me posted.

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