Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The espalier pears are growing, thankfully. I was worried I had taken off too much, and that they would die. But they are hardy little things, and are putting out growth on their remaining, uncut limbs. The photos above and below are the line of espalier from the neighbors' driveway (above) and from my front walk (below)
Here is how one little pear looks with its soft little limbs tied down to stakes with kitchen string. The books said to try a 45 degree angle to start, and then to lower the stakes to horizontal in the fall.