Years ago while visiting a friend in the Marin Valley north of San Francisco I had an apple picked fresh from his tree. It was the best tasting apple I had ever had and I placed the idea of having an apple tree in the next yard I landscaped in the back of my mind. Eight years ago in my backyard Zen garden I planted against the fence and espaliered my first apple tree (Anna) . My first apples were about 5 years ago....a total of 2-3. Each year the bounty has increased and this year I have enjoyed a green or green blushed with red apple each day for a couple of months. I am at the end of the harvest. I will pick the last few on the tree and make them into an apple tart a la Julia Child.