summer trees

I have been away on holiday and missed the last two months for posting my tree following.  They are all in their summer glory right now and I thought I would add something about the context they are growing in.

Whitebeam in Old St Chad’s Churchyard, Shrewsbury

This is a lovely quiet spot just off the main shopping streets and a few hundred yards down the road from the apartment my partner and I have in the town centre.  The whitebeam shares the peace with chestnuts, acers and others, and of course the silently ‘slumbering’ deceased of years gone by.   Shrewsbury has several lovely old churches in the heart of the town, this one fell into disrepair and was replaced by a glorious circular building on the Town Walls, but I love the tranquility of this often overlooked corner.

Old St Chad’s Churchyard

Old St Chad’s Church

Apple Trwyn Mochyn

This is one of several apples I have planted in our Welsh garden.  It is part of a polyculture of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs and as you can see sometimes the exuberance of the polyculture’s growth climbs up to and into the apple tree.

The picture above was before summer pruning and below is after – and I have also removed the plants growing very close to the tree.

Silver Birch, in South Shropshire semi ancient woodland

This is one of quite a few silver birch growing in this corner of the woodland.  It is a damp site and although silver birch readily colonise the site, they don’t live all that long on it.  Further down the slope where more moisture accumulates two (or perhaps three) have fallen in the last year and some are rotting where they stand, prior to falling – maybe this winter?

On a sunny summer’s afternoon there is nowhere quite as serene and uplifting as being in the woods.


About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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5 Responses to summer trees

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  2. I won’t get involved in your pruning debate, but the apple tree looks much neater for its “haircut”!
    I liked your other trees, too, and the churchyard scenes.
    There is a young whitebeam – maybe 30 years old – in the middle of our cul-de-sac, but I always think it looks rather ordinary. But yours is spectacularly elegant…
    Thanks for joining us once more.
    All the best 🙂

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Pruning the apple tree while it has fruit on it?! I will stick with conventional dormant pruning.


    • Anni Kelsey says:

      I follow the method of Ann Ralph to grow tiny fruit trees which advocates pruning just after the solstice to keep the tree small. It is unconventional but it works for my purposes!

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Summer pruning can be done with the stone fruit because their fruit gets taken earlier. (I still dislike it though.) Summer pruning is actually preferred for the fruitless flowering trees, particularly flowering peach, because it makes for more bristly growth with many more blooming shoots. I a glad that I do not need to do it for trees with fruit on them, even though I know it works, and can actually improve the fruit. I must prune an apple tree at work because it is getting obtrusive. I so hate to do it. Now that it is so late, I may not need to do it in the winter. (However, I will likely just ‘trim’ it now, and prune it later.)

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