Hurrah! Finally found willowherb today! It was in a bit of an awkward spot - probably why I hadn't spotted it before - and I had to wade through stinging nettle to get to it. I got to stung to buggery Still, anything for my little angels
When is it best to hack off apple branches, does anybody know? They only have teeny tiny fruit at the mo. I don't even know what kind of apples or how big they get but of course I'm just interested in the freshest leaves
The trees get pruned after this has happened and when the trees are dormant, usually around early winter time. We then put the sticks in buckets of water to keep them fresh and let the rabbits have a few at a time. We don't really have any large branches to prune off.
So, to answer your question about the freshest leaves, I would say anytime between now and autumn. It is beneficial to the tree though for the leaves to remain on the tree as long as possible.