Saturday, April 27, 2013

More Pictures of Bloom

I should've taken some pictures today, since all the trees are farther along now than they are in these photos, but it was overcast all day.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Slow Bloom Pictures

Close up of a peach blossom. 

One of the old peach trees in bloom. 

Close up of an Asian pear getting ready to flower.

Bee hives at the top of the orchard.

I scored the trees last year with a knife to induce bloom. It seems to have worked.

An apple blossom coming out, I believe this is our one Duchess of Oldenburg tree, which is always the earliest.

Two year old Gold Rush trees.

Dad showing the growth.

 Another peach.

One of the Crimson Crisp baby trees, we're spreading the branches with nuts to get them to grow outward.

The orchard cat showing off.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Few Pictures

Peach buds swelling

Copper turning the trees blue. Copper is used as a fungicide and is handy to prevent Fireblight. 

More blue trees, these are Asian pears, which are very susceptible to Fireblight. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Late Bloom

Because we're actually having a long winter for the first time in a couple of years, I think Backyard Orchards will not have fruit available until the middle of July, which, honestly, is a good thing. The later bloom happens, the better the chance it won't be frosted out. We're just starting to see green tip on the apples; Asian pears are at green tip; peaches are opening their blossoms. So hopefully we'll have an excellent year, and I expect that our winter season will extend into 2014.

In other news, today we're going to purchase 30 new peach trees from a fellow orchardist who planted too many. I don't know where we're going to put them, since just about every part of our five acre property is covered in trees. When full bloom finally hits, I'll have some spectacular pictures.