It 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.
Looking 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.