Six on Saturday 13/01/2018

It doesn’t seem possible does it? Already 2 weeks into January, almost halfway though the month! But what a mild week it has been, the grass seems to be growing, certainly put on a bit of growth in the weeks between my visit to one site, hoping we get a little bit of colder weather to slow it down! One thing I hate is those winter days where it’s just dull all day, makes me feel very inclosed and we had a week of those, only day it was bright and cheerful was on Wednesday when I had the pleasure of taking a pruning workshop for a small group at Waterperrys in Oxford, the gardens there are always wonderful and it was lovely taking time to spend basically talking about a job I love doing, pruning roses. Taking about pruning let’s delve into my sin on Saturday for this week, again coming from a clients garden in the new forest.

First one of the 6 this week has to be pruning these beautiful espalier apple trees, not had much pruning done for a few years, had to do a little corrective works on them to get them into a little more of a shape but very happy for the finished works, will be summer pruning them next time.

Ahh yes a simple pot marigold or calendula, been flowering non stop since the summer! A massive ray of sunlight on a dull January day and also the first time I have seen on flowering this late in the season

Ahh still some rose hips about, almost like Christmas baubles left on the Plants, forgotten by all, for some reason the birds have left these alone but how lovely is it to see them on the plant this late on in the season. No idea on the rose yet, not seen it flower properly,

Rosemary and I am guessing this form is Miss Jessop upright, well the straight upright stems are a little bit of a giveaway! One plant we never think about using as a wall shrub, it makes a great espalier if grown on a sunny wall or 6ft fence panel! Takes a few years to get there, but well worth it, sorry got lost on another line of thought! Yes flowering remarkably early this year.

I just had to add this Sarcococca into the mix, the smell from its tiny white flowers just filled the whole garden with its scent, again without the planting plan, the size of the shrub along with the leave shape leads me to believe its hookeriana var Humilis. Great for a small garden and the scent is just out of the world!

Another pruning shot, this time of a pear tree that’s been fan trained, not seen many fan trained pear trees, normally it’s the stone type fruit trees that get fan trained, once again though these trees need a bit of work to get them back into a little bit of shape, felt happy with them now I am done, will summer prune umm in the summer 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My clients gardens. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

20 Comments Add yours

  1. annpappas says:

    I would love some winter dull here. It’s been very hot, with a serious drought and resulting water restrictions 🙁

    1. thomashort says:

      That’s never good is it ☹️☹️ I enjoy the frosty morning s of winter, I think I would melt in your temps

      1. annpappas says:

        I much prefer our winters – seeing our garden so dry is heartbreaking – some of it looks as though it could be desert!

  2. John Kingdon says:

    Hip, hip hooray! Spring’s approaching. Having a wander this week, I realised that, finally, I have no unseasonal blooms in the garden. No sign of budding on the roses here yet but they’ll get their final tidy-up this week as per your pruning instructions 🙂 . My hallway-located Sarcocca sprig is doing a fine job inside.

    1. thomashort says:

      Corrr you are lucky fella, so many out of season blooms down here, have you had it really cold with you over the past few weeks? Ahh good luck I hope it goes well with the roses, I love pruning them. Is live good with you up in Wales John?

  3. chicu says:

    Been a bad winter(warm and bone dry) here. So yes, we could do with some winter chill! Thank you for that excellent photo of the espaliered apple tree. Am training one, and it is good to have something to aspire too. How old do you reckon those trees are?

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😀 hopefully will be featuring them a little more over the next 12 months as they improve 😀, I think they are about 15yrs old, the garden was designed and laid out about 10 years and they must of been pretty mature when planted, Is that a normalise winter for you? How long have you been training yours for John?

  4. Lora Hughes says:

    Your client’s garden looks wonderfully inhabitable. And now I know the difference between espaliered & fan trained. I’ve see the latter but didn’t realise it was different. Also am intrigued by the idea of rosemary as a wall shrub. Will you do anything interesting w/all those rose hips or simply lop them off?

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😀 it’s coming on nicely now, got a large apple tree to prune next week and then on to the roses, yes there’s so many different ways of training them, they all great fun, sadly they will be trimmed off soon, maybe another 4 weeks or so, like to leave it for the birds

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, I so dislike espaliers. No matter how much work someone puts into each one, no one afterward knows how to care for it. There are three evergreen pears and six Southern magnolias espaliered at Saint John’s. They have been hedged for years and look really bad now. As if hedging was not bad enough, they were not hedged back enough, so three of the magnolias are now encroaching into walkways.

    1. thomashort says:

      That’s a shame they haven’t been looked after ☹️☹️☹️ I just love that little bit of formality they add to the garden, even more around the veg garden, like you say it’s the way they get looked after that is the main killer

      1. tonytomeo says:

        Or the way they are not looked after. I think that they would be nice for fruit trees in small gardens, but few people stay in the same home long enough to appreciate all the work that goes into espaliers. By the time the trees are really producing nicely, it it time to relocate.

  6. A. JoAnn says:

    I think the espalier apple trees are so pretty, but maybe that’s because I don’t have any, and they aren’t very common here.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, I do love them as well, never get tired of them 😀 very easy to train from a 1yr old maiden plant, takes a few years but fun as well

  7. I must get a Sarcococca, I say it every year. Maybe a visit to a nursery tomorrow

    1. thomashort says:

      They are well worth it, can be easily shaped as well

      1. mrsdaffodil says:

        It’s hard to beat espaliered trees for sheer elegance.

  8. Fascinating. I love the look of old, espaliered trees but haven’t tried it myself. I had no idea that rosemary could be espaliered. It grows very fast in our climate, so perhaps a good choice for experimenting? Or would fast growth mean too much work pruning?

    1. thomashort says:

      They are great fun to do, yes would be worth trying it with the rosemary, may need a bit more pruning say every 3 months but would also fill up the space quickly, found Miss Jessop upright the best one to use for it but any form upright form can be used or even the straight one

      1. Cool. Project for next Spring.

        Miss Jessop doesn’t seem to be grown around here–maybe not hardy. The common cultivars are Arp, which is upright, and Salem, which is a bit more sprawly.

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