RDP Tuesday: Shambles


If you do not want a garden that resembles one big shamble, then call the gardener. Today he is here at last. I must admit I am a little late this year, no knowing whether my garden would actually see a gardener after the Corona event, but I was assured that the gardeners are still doing their work. And so here he is, trimming my apple tree although not such a big trim as usual. He told me that the tree is now in its juicy period and it would do more harm than good to cut it back completely. I think the first thing he did was to remove the wild cannabis plants that were growing between the tiles on the porch. Me a drug dealer, no not at all, but cannabis seeds seem to form one of the main ingredients of bird food. Actually the little hemp shoots look quite sweet with their jagged little leaves, and I might perhaps save one of two for my raised beds. I was assured that you cannot smoke this sort of hemp.


RDP Tuesday: Shambles

15 thoughts on “RDP Tuesday: Shambles

  1. Ah, You know I never stop for your ‘other’ posts, but the picture of the guy pruning the apple tree got my attention. I SO wish I knew an arborist down South who understood the ‘juicy period’. My colleague there has a very qualified arborist, but even he needs to be told when to prune what, and he is not enough to go around for all the trees that need work. At least there are not many apple trees there. In fact, there are only two main cultivars that produce fruit reliably in the lower elevations of the Los Angeles region, and neither of them are the greatest. ‘Fuji’ supposedly does well there. ‘Beverly Hills’ is probably still the most popular apple cultivar there, and is actually named after a town in the region. I think the the fruit of both is rather bland. ‘Dorsett Golden’ would likely perform even better there, but somehow never became popular. We can grow many more cultivars here, four hundred miles to the North, but even here, I can not prune them all myself.

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  2. Wow, I just had to look at that picture again. I would not be so restrained, and would be SO tempted to prune it a bit more aggressively, which would not be good this late. I can not determine if he is an orchardist or more of an urban horticulturist. That is how exemplary his work is. I happened to learn among the orchards, but am really more of a suburban horticulturist. That means that I prune fruit trees for fruit production, as they would be in an orchard, but also to conform to home gardens, which can be trickier. Trees must be kept a bit lower so the fruit is within reasonable reach from the ground and low ladder, but lower limbs must be a bit higher for clearance over patios and other infrastructure. English arborists and horticulturists are SO overrated. Anyway, I do not mean to ramble.

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    • He was very young, but did a very good job. I was a bit late myself in having the garden renewed for this year, as this coronus virus turns everything on its head. Anyhow he did a good job and I was pleased when he was finished. I don’t thnk that he is a tree specialist, just an all round gardener that has completed his appreticeship.

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      • Well, an apprenticeship is far more than ANY so-called ‘gardener’ bothers to get here. Few bother to learn English, and are likely to apply herbicide instead of fertilizer because they can not read a label. I only became an arborist because I did an internship as such, and never quite got away from it. My arborist colleagues dislike inspections and composition of reports, so they get me to do it. I am really just a nurseryman, so really should just be growing horticultural commodities.

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  3. Our garden goes beyond shambles to plain, old fashioned mess. Part of that is the endless rain. You need a few dry days to get anything done, but two are the most we’ve had. It’s sunny at the moment, but rain by evening through tomorrow. Gets kind of gloomy and that’s NOT counting plague.


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