Round things

We first visited Helmsley Walled Garden last autumn and in spite of the best intentions hadn’t actually been back again before today. However, as we were on foot (in other words, not having to worry about bicycles as we had a couple of weeks ago at Clumber Park walled garden), I was able to enjoy looking around at a reasonably leisurely pace.

My daughter is getting less patient with gardens, although there were some things she personally wanted to look at and at least there were comments forthcoming about others. For example, what do you make of this ball?

My own main observation was how close the smaller apple trees were (or rather, weren’t) from each other. This gives me confidence that I could have at least two more after the one I plant this autumn. I also like the idea of espaliers for a fence, but I’m not sure my neighbour would be so keen.

Anyway, it would seem that purple tomatoes are not so scary as they once were, so they could perhaps be on our home menu next year…

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Round things

  1. andy1076 says:

    Is that a bowling ball? O.o

  2. I think the espalier would be great for the fence 🙂 .. not sure about the ball

  3. We have a neighbor a few blocks over with an entire collection of bowling balls in their garage. They even added a funny sign that says “in an earthquake, do not stand here.” I don’t know them, but oh how I wish I knew the story behind those balls.

    I like the efficiency of espalier trees, though I prefer the look of the natural growth. It’s fun visiting gardens and getting new ideas. Even learning what you don’t want is beneficial.

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I remember seeing balls like the one in your photo for sale in a large garden centre a few years ago. Garden ornament apparently. I can’t see why anyone would want to have one. 🙂

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