The Teddington Gardener

Cor blimey! luv-a-duck apples-and-pears…

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The Wild Pear, Pyrus pyraster, blooming at Kew (above)

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Pyrus nivalis the Snow Pear, flowering in front of a group of Amelanchier (above)

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Amelanchier intermedia (above)

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Malus Laxton’s Red (above and below)

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Malus Robert’s Crab (above)

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Malus baccata Jackii (above)

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Malus halliana (above)

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Malus Laxton’s Red (above)

and the ‘duck’ in question…

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Crab-apples and wild pears in bloom this week in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, together with a respectable collection of Amelanchiers, the snowy mespilus or Juneberry.

The flowering cherries are the divas of the day of course; big, flamboyant bouffant blossoms in shades of white and pink. The wild pears are altogether more.. wild with single flowers though in great profusion. Crab-apples give us white, pink and crimson – much deeper colours and a welcome contrast. Amelanchiers have starry white blossom set against the pale bronze emerging leaves.

I rather like the ‘double’ cherries, but I would rather have them in a parkland setting like this, or used as street-planting where they can be very effective, or in some-one else’s garden. The crab-apples, amelanchier and wild pear (if space allowed) I would have at home.

 

 

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