Pears at the Potager du Roi!

Another image from the Potager du Roi, located just outside the gates of the Palace of Versailles. It is a separate admission. If you don’t know about this garden, look it up. There is lots online, and be sure to visit the next time you are in Paris. Winter, of course, is the least interesting time to visit, although, if you are interested in espalier trees, it could be the best month as you can so clearly see the structures. The Potager inspired me to make my front fence a line of espalier fruit trees, like you see here. Although, being honest, my espaliers are not as fine as these. It is very, very easy to build up two tiers but, in my experience, it gets increasingly hard to build up even rows of branches as the number of branches increases. What you see here takes years to achieve, and some skill. This said, you won’t develop the skills for even one tier of espalier if you don’t start. So, if you are reading this in the winter, when fruit trees are sold bare root, order a couple apples or pears. You won’t regret having done so.

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