Clarey C

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Posted: 31/12/2012 at 16:40

Thanks heaps! I hadn't heard of the John Downie before this conversation and am going to buy two for either side of a gate, but for the avenue itself we have decided to go for Red Sentinel, just because Deacon's (thanks for that tip too!) recommended it as best for a purely show tree as the fruits last all through the winter. 

Now I just need to find a decent garden designer to help me with the plans for the more formal part of the garden... I thought we could do it ourselves, but the contractor (laying the new lawn) and I keep misunderstanding each other.... I think it is one of those cases where spending a bit of money on the plans at the beginning will save money in the long run. 


avenue of blossom

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 09:47

great, nice to have crabapples confirmed as a good choice!  I will look at the John Downie, thanks Verdun. 

I will leave the thread up for a couple more days just in case there are any other opinions out there. Do you think I can still plant crabapples this late (especially since we are in 'sunny' (bucketing today) Cornwall? )

We are mid-county Verdun, fairly high, but neither in the windswept north, nor the sheltered south. 

avenue of blossom

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 23:40

I have a small orchard which produces enough fruit for our family. Now I want to plant an avenue of trees (5 on each side) on a diagonal through the orchard to a focal point. 

I am looking for something with gorgeous (and long lasting if possible) blossom - the later in the year the better because that is when we will be more likely to sit out in the orchard. But since there is the remainder of the year to think about, I would love to find something that is also interesting in other seasons. 

I was thinking (after reading an article on here and looking it up) of the crabapple Red Sentinel.  We don't need the fruit, but it looks gorgeous and we would just have to get busy with the crabapple jelly! 

But before I spend a fortune on ten trees - any other ideas? 


Talkback: Spring blossom on fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 23:14
Which do you think of the English orchard trees is the best for long-lasting and beautiful blossom? (White or pale pink)
We have an orchard like yours and now want to do an avenue of 10 trees (5 each side). We have decided to go for just one variety in an attempt to get an entire blossom avenue - but want it to flower for as long as possible!
As its chief raison d'être is ornamental, we aren't too bothered about the fruit...
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