This spring has been filled with cold miserable Sou'westerly winds and clouds. Only those who live in New Zealand will have experienced the chilly edge to this wind. Every region has a wind of this kind. In the Northern Hemisphere it is called "The North Wind". Here of course it blows from the South. A true Southerly is associated with bad weather and rain. You expect to be cold. The Sou'wester is a sneaky wind. It often appears on days not half bad. It just sucks the warmth out of you.
On a day that is cool because of a light Sou'wester, I went out and checked on the blossoms. The black boy peach just by the house is going gang-busters with lots and lots of flowers.
This bodes well for a good crop in March. This little tree was a mystery self-sown sprout from five years ago. It proved to be a peach, which I suspected, but it was also a black-boy, which is one of the best varieties.
The blossoms have lovely peach-blossom color [not surprisingly] but I rather expect the apricot to be pink too. It is not. So these are the first pink blossoms of the spring at my place.
The tree is really crowded with blossoms.
The apricot tree has fewer blossoms out now. They come out at the bottom of the tree first. Further up the tree there are lots of buds. Just peeping with a little color. As in this picture.
Some precious blossoms are showing already, but the harvest times of the apricots may be well spread. This tree is right in its best bearing age. so it could crop heavily, so thank goodness for the spread.
The apricot is more than ten years old now. It was not so long ago it was a spindly sampling. The trunk shown here is full of good wood. The blossoms on the lower branches have set and are ready to lose their petals. Bees are busy in the branches. It should be wonderful, but today is not warm. Just 14 degrees.!!!
This plum tree, the last of my three, has almost finished blooming and is putting forth shoots of green leaves. In a few days it will be completely green with all blossoms gone. By March most of the plums, which have a dark red flesh and beautiful flavor, will be ripe.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.