Friday, April 27

View from above

If you are a regular reader you may remember that this year I have been renovating a border situated under one of our crab apple trees. This is the border that initially needed a focal point and ended up being totally dug up and now replanted with perennial plants and a couple of new shrubs.

I've now named this border the Wiilow Screen Border as we have two crab apple trees and this way I can differentiate the two flower borders.

The border is still in its infancy so I will have to wait until summer to see how things are shaping up but at the moment the crab apple -  Malus Profusion - is at its peak. The very best view of the flowery canopy is from a bedroom window. I couldn't resist a quick snap even though it was pouring down outside which has affected the focus somewhat. It's always tricky getting a photo between the diamond leading on the windows at the best of times.
If you want to see more photos of how the border under the crab apple is progressing I have charted the progress on my website here. I'll be adding more photos as the plants grow.

PS Don't forget to enter the herb competition which closes next week click here

17 comments:

  1. Sue! Oh wow! Look at the colour of that blossom.

    We don't have our own crab apple trees but I do know where some are. ;0)

    The colour isn't as vigorous as on yours but it is a nice subtle pinky purple.

    Your garden and allotment look superb!

    Martin

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    1. We have a John Downie crab apple too Martin and that has apppleblossom like flowers. REmember though there are places in the garden and on the plot where the camera hasn't ventured.

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  2. Your crab apple is a beauty, such a gorgeous colour.

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    1. Isn't it a shame that blossom is so short lived Jo? Yesterday we drove past Rothwell Park and the ornamental cherries looked fantastic - even in the rain!

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  3. The crab apple is gorgeous! In Spring I prefer the pink blooms to white, but those hot pink are really fab. Your extra photos of the border development were nice to look at. I entered the herb competition but think I missed a few!

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  4. Beautiful blossom, must be lovely to see that and be cheered up on a damp, dreary day.

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    1. It is cheery Damo but I guess if the gales forecast for Sunday materialise it will be bye bye blossom!

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  5. That Crab Apple tree is certainly a beauty! Mine is looking a bit sorry for itself in all the rain we have been having. If it were sunny the flowers would be fully open, but I suspect that this year they are not going to get that opportunity.
    The bird-bath is also very prominent in your border. It makes a nice "anchor feature".

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    1. If it was sunny then the blossom would probably go over quicker, Mark.

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  6. What a magnificent specimen - shame it can't be enjoyed with a bright blue clear sky. I haven't ventured out much because of the rain so I've no idea how my crab apple is doing - perhaps I can rectify that this weekend - looking out of the window I would say - no chance!

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    1. I suppose that's the advantage of a not too big garden, Elaine - most things (large things) can be seen from the house windows.

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  7. Your crab apple tree looks lovely...and it's a wonderful shape too.....the garden is looking great, all we need now is a bit of warmth and sunshine so you can sit out and enjoy it with a cuppa!!

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    1. Martyn cut out quite a bit from it last year, Tanya. It still is holding on to lots of blossom although the bed beneath it does look a bit as though someone has scattered pink confetti.

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  8. Your neighbour very lucky to share that tree with you! So gorgeous during it peak blooming season.

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    1. It is Diana and this year's cool weather means the blossom is lasting well.

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  9. That is stunning. I already have two crab apple (John Downie and Evereste), but do you think Management would notice if I sneaked in a third?

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    1. I don't think he'd noticed in that big garden of yours BW. Go for it!

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