I’ve been shunning the standard advice and only winter pruning trained apple trees for three years now. Here’s how it’s going.
Climate Change in the Orchard: Later Frosts, Earlier Harvests?
A recently published research paper has outlined some of the possible implications of climate change for orchard growers.
Orchard Blossom Season is Almost Here
Spring-time in the orchard and beautiful blossom buds are about to burst into life. So why is it such a tense and worrying time..?
‘John Downie’ is the Star of the Spring Show
We’ve had a really good year for blossom in the back garden, with crab apple ‘John Downie’ putting on a splendid display.
Au Revoir to Pear, Plum and Damson Blossom?
Two nights of bad weather after early blossom has bloomed is bad news, but hopefully not the end of this year’s crop.
Frost Warning! Bad News for Blossom
It’s every orchardist’s worse-case scenario: a sharp frost forecast just as the blossom is starting to open…
Gallery: Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020
2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.
Air-Pot Mini-Orchard Update: It’s Blossom Time
A healthy display of blossom should hopefully mean a few fruits to enjoy later in the year.