April 16, 2010

A New Espalier Orchard at my Farm

I was shopping recently at Hardscrabble, one of my favorite nurseries, located in North Salem, New York.  I was so pleased to see that they had beautiful specimens of Malus ‘Gravenstein’ espalier apple trees.  I love this crisp and juicy apple, an antique variety, which is wonderful to eat and great for cooking and baking.  I also love the way an espalier orchard looks and I bought six of those trees.  Shaun, my gardener, and I plotted out where they would be planted and this week, the crew did a great job with that task.  The apple trees are covered with blossoms and I’ll let you know how the fruit is forming.  I hope you enjoy this blog. Also, please have a look at the Dailywag today for another perspective.