Sunday, May 6

Second Flush

The pear, plum and greengage blossom may now sadly be falling like confetti, but on the allotment the apples are taking over. 

The top left image is blossom from the quince which is just beginning to unfurl.
Many of the apple trees are loaded with blossom which we hope in due course will result in a bounty of fruit. The striking dark pink blossom belongs to the Tickled Pink apple tree. Regular readers may remember that the flesh of the fruit from this variety is almost red to the core. 
In the garden we have a cherry tree - Stella - in a pot. This too is loaded with blossom. Our challenge this year is - if any fruit actually sets - to keep the fruit from the birds.
Not tree blossom but I think the strawberries deserve a mention as both the 'normal' and alpine strawberries are flowering.
Back to the garden the crab apple trees are covered in flower.
The white one is John Downie which produces edible fruits although we tend not to harvest them. The dark pink Profusion produces small fruits for the birds. John Downie has far more blossom than it has had for a few year.

Not edible I know but worthy of a mention are the delicate flowers of the acer. These too seem to have been produced in greater numbers than previous years.
 Finally as I have strayed from edibles, I'm sneaking in a glimpse of two of our rhododendrons which are providing a splash of bright colour.

Is it just my imagination, or are most of the trees and shrubs producing more blossom that usual. Maybe the awful weather this spring has shocked them too.

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  1. Looking lovely. We're having a late Autumn where I am and suddenly the colours are so vibrant. Perhaps the strange weather patterns are affecting our plants.

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    1. I'm sure that they are, Kathie

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  2. You rhodies look wonderful. And it looks like you're going to get a bumper crop on your fruit trees. Exciting. I've been potting up the tomato and onion plants, it's nice accomplishing a bit of something garden related.

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    1. It is good to make progress, Phuong

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  3. You are way ahead of me! My lone apple tree is just showing the early stages of forming bud, so a long way off and I'm wondering how this will affect the fruit later. Tickled Pink is worth it for the bloom alone!

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    1. One of pout apples has no blossom at all. Deborah. It had a bumper crop last year so maybe it is having a rest.

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  4. what a lovely color full display of different blossom Sue thank you for sharing and blessing to Martyn and yourself

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    1. Glad that you liked it, Linda

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  5. So much potential fruit! Have you had a harvest from your Quince or is it a young tree?

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    1. The quince has been planted for 8 years, Julieanne and has produced lots of fruit. Last year we harvested 14.5kg which is fairly typical. It produced about a dozen fruits the year after it was planted. The variety is Meeches Prolific and it certainly lives up to its name.

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  6. How lovely! It's the same here, I have a feeling it's going to be a bumper year for fruit, even my apricot tree is setting fruit! Aren't those acer flowers delightful?xxx

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    1. Lets hope so, Dina. Even the acer has lots of flowers. They are pretty.

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