Apple Blossom Time


It is a wonderful feeling when the orchard is in full bloom. Warmer days, lighter nights and singing birds. The orchard has been largely left alone apart from cutting back the tall grasses and giving the trees their space back. Apples and plums previously espaliered are now bushy, so I need some advice on whether or not¬† I can or should return them to espalier. Although I see the reasons for doing this particularly against a wall, my own feeling is that I don’t really like interfering to that extent, preferring everything to have a more natural shape and poise, too much manicure goes against my instincts. I would prefer gentle nurture, but I am just learning.