Tag Archives: back yard orchard

Blackberry Flower

My blackberry brambles have started to flower.  I believe only the chester thornless blackberries have flowers and the triple crown thornless blackberry buds haven’t started to open just yet.  Chester flowers are pink, while triple crown are white; you can see … Continue reading

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Bloomin’ Cherry Tree

Since I posted a close-up of cherry flowers four days ago,  nearly all of the flowers have opened on my ‘north star’ pie cherry tree. There are a lot of flowers even though I removed many of the branches when I pruned … Continue reading

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Pruning & More Pruning

I got most of my spring pruning done today.  The tools I used were small, bypass pruners; large, lopping pruners; and a Japanese saw.  All of these tools are able to make a clean cut if they are sharp; I had … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms

The ‘north star’ cherry tree is blooming. Not all of the flower buds have opened yet.

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Peach Blossom

My peach tree blooms earlier than most of the flowering plants that I grow, at about the same time as my tulips and the first of the azaleas but after the hyacinths. I need to prune the peach and cherry soon; … Continue reading

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Cranberry Harvest, Part Two

Today, we had time to harvest the rest of the cranberries. Since it has been three weeks since we began to harvest them, more of the cranberries were red and ripe than the first part of the harvest.  More had gone … Continue reading

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Beans, Peppers, Tomato, Okra, & Pawpaws

The pole bean harvest is much less than it was last month, probably because it is much cooler, with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s °F (a range of 5 to 15 °C) most days.  The plants are still … Continue reading

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Cranberry Harvest, Part One

Our cranberries are ripening, so we began harvesting them today. I saw a cabbage butterfly (Pieris rapae) in the cranberry patch, wondered what it was doing there, and found that one of the plants has a couple of flowers.  They usually bloom in June. … Continue reading

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Lemon is Ripe

At least, it’s ripe by my standard:  it fell off the tree during the night.  By this point the fruit usually smells “lemony,” but although it looks ripe I can’t smell anything.  This fruit has been growing since last winter. … Continue reading

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Lemon Fruit & Flowers, Summer 2014

The (only) fruit that my lemon tree set while it was indoors last winter has grown considerably and is now getting ripe. At about 2.75 inch (70 mm) diameter and over 3 inches (76 mm) long, it’s probably the largest … Continue reading

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