The wall has a pleasing bond, 6 rows of stretcher and a row of headers, which gives a horizontal dynamic. The mortar looks to be traditional lime (no cement) and the bricks themselves not machine-made. The craftsmanship in the brickwork, combined with the expertise required to train the trees creates a reassuring feeling of competence and durability. In a garden, the marriage of this kind of use of materials and choice of planting allows a certain relaxation, as if safe in the hands of a strong father.
My client is a joiner who, because he is so able and obliging, often takes on general building and project management and so works far too hard for his health. I am hoping that the technical aspect of working with trained fruit trees and bushes will appeal to him and he'll use his garden to relax. He's also a great cook, so fruit to the fore.
|Single cordon - very productive for size|
|Fan form (I think) here for cherries|
|Double 'U' cordon|
|Crossing cordons - stems may fuse together|