One of the joys of working as a gardener at Ordsall Hall – a true heritage gem in the heart of Salford’s burgeoning Quays district – is that I have the opportunity to care for and manage the trees in the heritage orchard. One of the highlights of the orchard year – second only to harvesting and enjoying the fruit from the trees – is when we see them put on their annual springtime blossom display.
This year the ‘Worcester Black’ and ‘Williams Bon Chretien’ pear trees have been particularly resplendent in their mantles of snowy white (on closer inspection tinted with the red speckles of their pollen-laden anthers) and were looking especially fine towards the end of the April heatwave.
Here are a few photos that I took a couple of weeks ago, before May’s miserable weather set in. Enjoy!