- v. Simple past tense and past participle of espalier.
“It is the usual "gros bourg" of Alsace, with comfortable old houses in espaliered gardens: dull, well-to-do, contented; not in the least the kind of setting demanded by the patriotism which has to be fed on pictures of little girls singing the Marseillaise in Alsatian head-dresses and old men with operatic waistcoats tottering forward to kiss the flag.”
“It also holds an orchard with apple, peach and espaliered pear trees.”
“Among the low-slung Georgian-style buildings are a state-of-the-art geology lab, a modern child-care facility, four restaurants and a company garden complete with a beekeeper and espaliered pear trees.”
“The 0.08 acre contained a coop for two chickens, plus four beehives and about 20 fruit trees whose branches had been espaliered, or trained to grow in a flat plane to save space.”
“Planting trees, he said, created bio-diversity, micro-climates, sucked up excess water and gave play spaces to children, while ideas such as using espaliered apple trees as hedges gave fruit, and focus to neighbourly exchanges.”
“Visitors can see everything from formal gardens think espaliered trees and clipped topiary to urban ones set among stone terraces.”
“My great-grandparents would be dismayed by the dereliction of what was once the kitchen garden, where our pigs now rootle under the few survivors of Milicent's dozens of espaliered fruit trees, but they would, I hope, be reassured by the survival of some of the plants they put in, gifts of their friend Ellen Willmott, the great Edwardian gardener.”
“She looks at the paper again and turns off the highway up a muddy road to a few dozen acres of bare, espaliered apple trees.”
“Now, my question still stands, does looking at a picture of an espaliered tree get us anywhere?”
“She is, and will continue to be, eternally in the climbing roses, the espaliered apples, in the three trees that flower in the spring like pale pink clouds. ...”
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