Oh dear what can the matter be?
My employer has an old, old Bramley which has produced tons of gorgeous apples over the years...however....this year the blossom is almost finished, what is left has gone brown and if the teeny, tiny apples left behind are touched they promptly fall off. Our ancient gardener prounounced "water starvation" despite the fact that we've had torrential rain over the past several weeks and the ground was waterlogged. Admittedly we live in West Sussex which is still officially in drought, but we've always had an amazing crop.
We're wondering if this could be a pollination problem.....there haven't been the usual high number of bees lately.
Do any of you apple growers out there have any suggestions? All advice gratefully received.