September 8, 2009

The espalier orchard gets a new look

You may recall a blog from last April, when Shaun, my gardener, took it upon himself to prune my espalier apple orchard, which had gone untended. Shaun is a great pruner and transformed the trees beautifully. In early July, he said it was time to prune the grove again. The fruit was well established and all the sucker growth, which does not produce fruit, needed to be removed. Shaun wanted the energy of the tree to go to the main apple producing branches. I love how he is shaping the rows of espalier into angled box-like structures. Over time, this little orchard should be quite lovely.

Photos By Eliad Laskin