new fence & planting
The big change to this area of the garden is the fence, which has been replaced and renovated in-situ with horizontal black-stained boards. It makes the fan look absolutely amazing, and reminds me that trained fruit trees are spectacular garden features regardless of their fruit, which is just as well, as this year’s harvest was just one solitary pear 🙁
The year started with a prolonged and very cold winter and spring. Many trees came into flower late.
Here is the pear tree in April 2021. You can see the branches are covered with spurs, although not all of them produced flowers this year.
This is the tree in Summer, part way through its summer prune. You can see on the right hand side, the numerous upright shoots which have grown in just a few months. These need cutting back, close to the base, where there are a cluster of leaves close together. (This usually means cutting back to 1 to 2 inches from the base) On the left hand side you can see where this operation has been completed, revealing the underlying permanent framework.
At this stage (year 6 after planting) the framework is complete, so I did not tie in any of the shoots to create new permanent framework branches. The fan looks a bit asymmetrical, but there are actual five branches on each side, and they all pass the fence posts at the same height on either side. The imbalance is from the top-left branch which starts with a kink.
August, following its summer-pruning, the tree is looking handsome. The surrounding beds are no longer used for vegetables, and have been renovated and planted with Mediterranean perennials to provide flowers from spring until the frosts. You can see how the fan-pear provides a strong visual feature in the garden at this time of the year.
In autumn (November) the pear tree again reveals its beautiful structure. It only gave me one pear this year, but it earned its place in the garden from the shear beauty of its form.
[TO BE CONTINUED…]