I’ve been shunning the standard advice and only winter pruning trained apple trees for three years now. Here’s how it’s going.
A recently published research paper has outlined some of the possible implications of climate change for orchard growers.
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..?
We’ve had a really good year for blossom in the back garden, with crab apple ‘John Downie’ putting on a splendid display.
Susan’s rather lovely poem perfectly captures the orchardist’s winter frustration and the anticipation of spring.
Two nights of bad weather after early blossom has bloomed is bad news, but hopefully not the end of this year’s crop.
It’s every orchardist’s worse-case scenario: a sharp frost forecast just as the blossom is starting to open…
2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.
A healthy display of blossom should hopefully mean a few fruits to enjoy later in the year.