Quote of the day:
“… then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
– William Wordsworth
Forage in March for:
Cleavers, Dandelion flowers and leaves, Gorse flowers, Ground Elder , Hop shoots, Alexanders, Primroses, Wild Plum blossom, Sweet Violets
The degree of knowledge and skill behind that process amazes me.
They are a talented team, but once they get in the zone, things go quite steadily.
Learning to cordon is a lifetime ambition for me. Maybe I should say it’s on my bucket list. I have not yet had an appropriate wall. First things first.
Brick-laying first then!!! But you could possibly go on a course to whet your appetite/keep up your enthusiasm anyway.
I love fruit trees trained like this. Beautiful and prolific.
Yes and it is certainly prolific. Wimpole juices most of it to sell in the restaurant.
The trees remind me of folk dancers–holding hands as they move in a line. That sort of pruning–espalier and cordon–is so specific, I think I would be too haphazard a gardener to engage successfully. But it’s certainly admirable!
They do have that feel. Especially with the slight lean to some of the trunks. You definitely have to be hard-hearted (or clear-sighted) when pruning!
I love to see these. I have been lucky enough to work on some espalier apples and let me tell you if that if they are not kept in shape it can take years to restore the form. These are pristine
Aren’t they just! In fact, they’ve been brought back to a far cleaner state over the last four years. It is easy to let too many nodes build up and they had certainly become congested.
A beautiful place!
Worth a visit any day!