Apple Tree Blossoms
Our apple trees are blossoming. Apples are best planted on the eastern slopes because that way they don’t blossom too early and lose their flowers to a late frost. Our slope is just such a slope and long ago had an orchard. In addition to the trees we planted there is also one very old apple tree which we liberated from the forest seven years ago. Since freeing it the old apple tree has been gradually putting out new growth. This year it is covered with blossoms.
I explained to our son Ben that we would pluck off most of the small setting fruit this year before they grow. He was shocked, “What ever for!?!” The reason for removing most of the fruit is because the trees don’t have the resources to support large numbers of apples yet. The heavy load could break their branches. Also, with fewer apples on the branches they’ll put more energy into the remaining fruits making those ones larger and healthier.
Outdoors: 66°F/36°F Overcast, some rain, hard rain yesterday
Farm House: 67°F/50°F Butcher class yesterday
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/58°F