Things are Looking Up!

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DSCN1884It didn’t take long for the slivers of pink showing on the apple blossom buds to burst open like a wedding dress taken out of its protective cover, completely changing the appearance of the backdrop of sky behind it. This is an eating apple, possibly a Cox, and although we have rarely retrieved any apples from it we pruned it heavily a couple of years ago so it may still surprise us. Beyond it are two cooking apple trees, presumably Bramleys, which reliably provide us with a more than adequate crop.

DSCN1881Looking up elsewhere, the cherries are displaying the fullness of their blooms too – the wild cherry Prunus avium in this photograph, a couple of established cherries  that were in the garden when we came and which the birds have their pick of so we have no idea what the cherries are like, a very tasty cherry ‘Stella’ in the fruit cage and a new pillar cherry ‘Summer Sun’ in the grass near the stream. I have noticed for the first time this year how tightly the flowers of the culinary cherries cluster to the main stems – particularly noticeable on the established trees because of their height.

It’s not just blossom that pleases the eye when you look up – within what seems like only a few weeks the trees have rejected their naked skeletons in favour of the freshest and greenest new spring fashions. We won’t tire of this shade, even when the autumn colours hit the cat walk.

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10 Responses to Things are Looking Up!

  1. Pauline says:

    It’s good to look up, amazing what you find! The apples are looking good this year, I think we have enough bees to pollinate them this year, how about you? All the trees in the countryside are clothed in such a beautiful shade of light green, quite magical driving along through all the villages, such a lovely time of year.

    • Cathy says:

      There is a reasonable showing of bees here, so all being well fruit crops should be good. Travelling by train today we have spied lots more blossom too as we passed through different places

  2. I’m longing for my apple tree to get as big as yours, mine looks like a spindly twig in comparison 😉 The trees always look especially beautiful at this time of year, with all their lush green leaves.

    • Cathy says:

      TThe apple trees may have been put in by the last people, possibly in the 70s, so perhaps about 40 years old…..?! The new leaves are SUCH a distinctively different green, aren’t they?

  3. A lovely and poetic post!

  4. Oh, I wish we had just one cherry tree. Yours are beautiful.

  5. Anna says:

    Beautiful blossoms Cathy which will hopefully morph into a bountiful harvest. Cursing myself for forgetting to take camera to the allotment this morning where my little apple trees live. They looked a picture.

    • Cathy says:

      How often do you go to your allotment, Anna? Hopefully there still be blossom next time you go, and hoping we don’t miss the best of ours while we are away!

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