Having read my blog post from yesterday, my lovely brother in law (a musician and garden designer) wrote a response. With his permission, I’ve edited it and present it here as today’s post:
An apple tree overbears fruit to continue its genes in seeds. Like us homo sapiens – well not me. Yet.
Every one of those flowers that a bee touches with its furry little legs takes genes and mixes them with those on another tree to produce another (sometimes new type) of apple.
The legacy lives on. It’s strengthened. The family spreads and becomes more supportive of itself, living on for future generations.
The orchard helps the tree survive with support and strength.
[photo thanks to WordRidden on flickr]