There is a 50 year old but very productive Bramley apple tree near the house;
every year it produces a good crop that keep us in cooking apples for many months.
The tree was becoming so big that we had an embarrasing number of apples which
took about 2 days to pick - not to mention danger of life and limb. So I am
subjecting it to a 5-year pruning regime (actually likely to be 7 years now!).
This should make it much easier to pick the apples and create less shade for
The bed does not get much sun until later in the day, this suits the large Acer Palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum which is over 25 years old. Every few years we used to extend the lawn a bit as the acer grew - but there is only so much re-shaping a lawn can take, so in recent years the acer itself has been pruned.
The far end of the bed used to be very much affected by the willow tree, the soil was very dry so we planted a variegated laurel and some bamboos, the largest of which provides all our runner bean sticks. Also a Rubus cockburnianus 'Goldenvale' (white-stemmed bramble) - a vicious brute of a plant but well deserving a place providing it is not near the front of the bed. Near here is a large willow log, a final reminder of the tree that once was so prominant in our garden. We have recently planted an unusual but very healthy looking Lime tree (Tilia henryana) here, it has large spiny looking, silvery-pink leaves.