Espaliered Apple-Trees

by Ariane ~ April 22, 2009

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Trees in blossom make Giverny especially beautiful in April, like many gardens.

Monet’s garden was originally an orchard. When the painter-gardener transformed his garden into a living painting, he kept few fruit trees: they looked too common for him, Monet preferred more exotic species. But he still had espaliered pear and apple-trees leaning against the high stone walls.

He also cultivated them around a square lawn pruned in a shape that is called cordon (rope, maybe?). It is quite common in Normandy and looks very pretty.

When the apple trees are very young, two or three years old only, they are severely pruned. The gardener keeps one branch only on each side of the trunk. In Monet’s garden there is an upper tree and a lower tree, and they cross. The purpose for this clipping is to make lovely hedges and to obtain bigger apples, as they get a lot of sunshine and water. It is not always very convincing that the trick¬†works, but at least the apples are easy to pick up… and very tasty!

3 Responses to “Espaliered Apple-Trees”

  1. La fargussienne Says:

    Stupid Fargussienne ! I only now had the idea of coming on the English version of the site and I’m delighted to learn and smile in the meantime, thanks !

  2. Ariane Says:

    Welcome! I try not to repeat the same stories, as I’ve noticed some readers like both versions. By the way, this one would deserve a ‘Je ne parle pas anglais!’ link.

  3. Richard Neal Says:

    i loved the picture of those trees. and great story too. thanks for sharing..

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