Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Imagine just opening the window and picking some juicy muscadine grapes. I'll guess that when the vines are heavy with fruit, the perfume of the grapes must drift through the open window scenting the rooms within.Unfortunately, the vine is bare of fruit.

The art of training trees and vines to branch in formal patterns, usually along a wall, as here, or on a trellis, is called "espalier" and is a rewarding though labor intensive way of gardening.  As much as I appreciate the art of espalier, I am content to enjoy the efforts of others. I can barely keep up with pulling weeds from my flower beds!

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