Lots of early blooming fruit trees
Quite a few of my fruit trees and blueberry bushes are blooming right now. The cool but not freezing winter has had quite a few warm patches that have confused the trees greatly.
My mulberry tree out back - the same Illinois Everbearing I mentioned in yesterday's post on festooning - is pushing a lot of blooms and new growth.
The risk, of course, is that we'll get a harsh overnight low in the next month or two that will burn off all the blooms and new growth, eliminating the year's harvest of fruit.
I really hope that doesn't happen. This is a tricky time. I can cover some of my smaller trees to protect them but the larger trees are now on their own.
Three of my peaches are blooming:
It's hard to find more beautiful trees in the spring than peaches. The nectarine out front is also blooming but since it's a tiny tree I don't really want it fruiting yet so if any nectarines start to develop I'll pinch them off. It needs to get good and tall before having babies.
My Anna apples are in bloom right now and the black cherry is also about to pop. Fortunately, my Japanese persimmons, pears, cherries, plums and other apples are still sound asleep.
I hope they stay that way for another month at least. Or that we get lucky and don't see a cold snap that goes much below freezing.
I want fruit!
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