Wordless Wednesday – Good Bones


The winter pruning of the fruit trees in the Walled Garden at Wimpole is finished


Free-standing apple and pear espalier and fans surround each quadrant



Cordon, fans and espalier adorn each wall with fruit to suit each aspect.


They are trained to a number of appropriate heights: ~1m, ~2m and ~3m


Maintenance and remedial pruning is carried out as necessary


And the reward is abundant blossom, fruit and beauty


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12 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Good Bones

  1. shoreacres says:

    The degree of knowledge and skill behind that process amazes me.

  2. Mola says:

    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.

  3. Christina says:

    I love fruit trees trained like this. Beautiful and prolific.

  4. Tina says:

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. Robert says:

    A beautiful place!

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