PEAK BLOOM

COME SEE THE BLOOM - blossoms are fully out and will be for the next few days.  Green bumble bee hives are out on pallets with a sunshade.
The gate behind the barn next to the water tank is unlatched for easy access.  You are welcome to walk out in the orchard - you can smell the blossoms throughout the orchard.
We will be planting more trees today and tomorrow.

 

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ORCHARD AT FULL BLOOM – PLANTING MORE TREES

The HOT!! weather has brought all the apple varieties into bloom at almost the same time.  Usually the different varieties stretch out over  a week or more, but not this year.
We are at peak bloom now and we will begin to see petal fall by the weekend.  Our bumble bees come tomorrow, but there have been lots of native honey bees and bumble bees out working yesterday.

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 The “crew” has been busy planting more trees and putting down more irrigation lines.  40 more trees come tomorrow.

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GETTING READY FOR BLOOM

The warm weather is moving the bloom closer – right now the leaves are at “1/2 inch green” and the buds are at “tight cluster” – see picture below.  There are lots of fruit buds.

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Bloom will probably come mid to late next week – our bumble bees arrive on Wednesday – often we get cold rainy weather for bloom – we will see what happens this year.
The very long cold winter did not harm the trees – heavy snow usually does not break branches – the branches get strong when carrying the fruit in the fall.
We finished  our pruning on April 28.   120 new trees have arrived and are in the cool room until we get them planted – even found time to bring up a little firewood for next winter.

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