Out and About – In the Neighborhood

You know I only like to be outside about fourteen days of the year and chances are good the majority of those days will fall during Fall.

On our regular walk route, Rosie and I pass this trellis nearly every day. I covet it shamelessly. Please tell me you can still get finials like that so I don’t have to lose any more sleep.
Also, these trees (below.) I’d love to have a row of trees like this along my back yard fence.
I’d like to, but I don’t know what they are. Or how mature they are. Or if they will get much bigger. Or if they will split in two with the first major ice storm like my pear trees did. Darn them.
But if you know, I’d love it if you’d let me know. You know, for the next time I go outside in the Spring.
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21 thoughts on “Out and About – In the Neighborhood

  1. …please tell me that on one of your days out you will come visit here and I can show you some beautiful trees planted in rows like that and some finials that will take your breath away.

  2. HI Mrs B
    Cleveland Pears are much stronger and grow quickly but not as likely to split as Bradford Pears. Horn Beams will give you the look you want. These may be mature Horn Beams you have photographed but I am not sure! Teri

  3. they are european hornbeams (carpinus betulus) and they look to be relatively young. they will continue to be narrow and can be pleached (sheared) into a more formal hedge. they can be limbed up to be an aerial hedge or be full to the ground. this is a wonderful plant for tight spaces! i've used it along my property line as a screen and while the trees lose their leaves in winter, it is very twiggy and still provides some screening while letting the winter light through. hope this helps!

  4. I'm not a tree expert but are they hornbeams? I see a lot of lines of those in the city. And they are always planted in rows. I, too, covet, but, alas, there is no place at Linderhof for a row of them!

    If they are, I don't think that they would go the way of your pears.

  5. Mrs. B,
    I love that row of trees too! Corner house at 59th & Wornall yes? I think they were planted in 2003 when I started carpooling that direction most days. Now I wish I had them too. I love the house behind the row as well.
    As for the fence, is that across the street from me in Kansas? If yes, I would be happy to introduce you.

  6. The trees which are apparently hornbeams are less than 8 years old. I drive by them almost everyday and remember when they were planted.

  7. You probably know this but Christofer Filley has an urn with that shape, only with swags. 20 inches maybe? I couldn't tell if it was stone or cement, but it was sitting by the door when I drove past earlier this week.

  8. Also Wapole Woodworkers is an amazing fence company that makes these finials and other beautiful elements. So refreshing in an era of plastic fencing- YUCK.

  9. I think they are young hornbeams, too and so the seduction begins. There is (or so the nurseries have told me) great confusion about the two upright forms: fastigiata and columnaris. You want the most narrow one and that is the one most nurseries in our area do not carry. Having dreams of hornbeam hedges I have six of these (three on each side of a garden structure). Looks best in my dreams…Even so, these trees are much better than any pear, do not split, and they are hardy. They do not have fall color of great beauty. They add a somber green background and don't ask for much.

  10. I know nothing about tress…but this post amused me! So you are an indoors kind of gal? Interesting!

  11. I am so glad that some one knew where to get those finials as they are fabulous–I thought that they were really old. Suggesting theft is not a good idea.

  12. Mrs B, Love the lattice- I want to repaint mine, as now it's dark hunter green- would you say thay are white or a light french gray?( hard to tell on my computer screen)
    thanks…..trees are so beautiful!

  13. Not your average Aussie Blue Gum Patricia, so I'm sorry but can't help you at all here. The Koalas who take up temporary residence in the tree outside our bedroom window have returned this week – it's that time of the year when Koala love is in the air if you know what I mean. MOTH & I have had the pillows over our heads every night this week as the noise has been atrocious!
    But I can totally understand your love of that wonderful piece of trellis – I just want to run my hand along those curvaceous sides.
    Millie ^_^

  14. Mrs B:

    Jacques Wirtz–the great Belgian/Antwerp landscape designer, who designed gardens in the Tuileries, and designs gardens for Axel Vervoordt–loves and works mainly with yew trees. Check them out.Trimmed they are fresh and frisky and in winter, leafless, still look beautiful
    Similar effect to hornbeams and very sturdy (rough Belgian winters) and are beautifully sculptural.
    Love your opening statement!
    cheers, http://www.thestylesaloniste.com

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