Following on from the Blackthorn blossom a couple of weeks ago, I am now seeing the best display of apple blossom ever in my garden! I had always believed apples needed sufficient cold to set flower buds, but clearly that isn’t the case. Having had warm winters two years in a row, and small crops for the last two years as well, I think the trees have gathered their energies into production. It is of course possible that my pruning has improved and had some effect, but I’m not aware of it. I think it is just a good year for fruit blossom around here.
Blossom from ‘Bountiful’ opening from dark pink to white.
I really enjoy the different colours from different plants, and the change as the petals open.
Anyway as apples are such a great Pagan fruit, I just wanted to share it this week. Pagan because they make a five-pointed star inside, and because anything regarded as totally sinful and at the same time the fount of all wisdom must be good… They are pretty good for promoting harmony and love as well!
Arthur Turner Blossom
Crabapple ‘Laura’ Blossom. The fruit is dark red all the way through.
"Magic shall be written upon the sky by the rain but they shall not be able to read it... Magic shall be written on the faces of the stony hills but their minds shall not be able to contain it... In winter the barren trees shall be a black writing but they shall not understand it... The rain shall make a door for me and I shall pass through it..." Susanna Clarke 2004