Friday, September 18, 2009

Spring at Willowbrook and the start of our Orchard...

As you can see, Spring has sprung at Willowbrook Park.
The cherries and Crab apples are in full blossom

and we have started to plant up our orchard (below)

There are only 60 trees planted so far, but by the time we finish there will be about 240 trees in total, with a small reflection pond and a pavilion, all enclosed within a high hedge wall (plans below).

We are planting some more trees this weekend, but will stop at the end of September and start again next April. In the interim we will work on making the raised beds for our potager (2 acres worth) and marking that out. We have sourced most of our fruit trees from the Edible Garden.

We finally got the water test results from our well:

We can safely pump 500 gallons per hour, and although the water is high in Iron and Manganese, which can be treated, it should be fine for irrigating the Orchard and Potager, and also for driving a top-up fountain in the lake.


  1. Our crab apples are in full blossom at the moment - is there anything lovelier? Your orchard plan looks simply divine and the potager sounds amazing. I was reading your tree list a few days ago. It's very similar to what we have planted - we've put in about 500 leylandii and miles of cherry laurel and buxus hedge. It's amazing how fast they've all grown and how quickly the garden has taken shape. Leigh

  2. Godmorning, Sweden here....

    I must tell you, that I love your virtual & image blog!! Amazing mix of pic's & so much inspiration!

    Regards from Agneta

  3. We live & die by Bore Water analysis here @ The Hedge, so glad to see your Report is so good. The crab apple blossom is scrumptious.
    Millie ^_^


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