The apple tree may indeed be described as the tree
symbol of an English home, for there is no other tree
which embodies in its quiet happy beauty and its simplicity
all that the word home means to our race. How
largely this tree figures in the domestic history of our 
race, and how interesting it would be to trace the story
of it in these islands from the days of our British ancestors
through Saxon, medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Georgian
days. What pictures flit before one of our indigenous
apple trees in the beauty of their bloom before the days
of the Romans, when the sacred island of Avalon was so
called because of the apples which grew there in such
abundance ; of the orchards of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors
and the picturesque scenes when they made cider (which
they called sieder) of the well-cared for orchards belonging
to the monasteries ; of the fame of the cider orchards
of Herefordshire even in Elizabeth's reign. Gerard
enthusiastically advocated the planting of yet more or-
chards. ' Gentlemen, that have lands and living put
forward in the name of God ; graffe, set, plant, and nourish
up trees in every corner of your grounds ; the labour is
small, the cost is nothing, the commoditie is great, your-
selves shall have plentie, the poor shall have somewhat
in time of want to relieve their necessitie and God shall
rewarde your good mindes and diligence.' Apples and
apple trees figure largely in our folk-lore and the custom
of wassailing trees was kept up to within living memory. 
' Here's to thee, old apple-tree ;
Hence thou mayst bud, and whence thou mayst blow,
And whence thou mayst apples bear enow !
Hats full ! caps full !
Bushel, bushel sacks full !
And my pockets full, too ! Huzza ! '
Scent of Apples-E.S. Roche

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