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Sorting the apple whips

Neil was with us this week, bringing apple whips for planting, which had been kindly donated by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project. Sam, Steven, Peter and Ann dug holes. Then Neil talked us through the planting process and how to prune the whips to encourage a cup shaped tree or to prepare them for espaliering. After sorting the whips, to match up various pairs and to ensure that the espaliered trees blossom in sequence, our planting began.

Meanwhile, Valerie, Ann and Carolyn were carefully pruning roses, hypericum and buddleia in and around the Italian garden. We are getting back on top of winter jobs!