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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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Why didn’t we harvest any cherries this year?

Usually, we would have picked the fruit from my pie cherry tree (Prunus cerasus ‘north star’) by this time.  This year, however, there were so few cherries on the tree that I didn’t bother to cover it with bird netting. … Continue reading

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Pruning Cherry & Peach Trees and Caring for Seedlings

This weekend, I pruned my cherry ‘north star’ and peach ‘redhaven.’  Last year, I explained in detail how I prune these trees in two posts, “Pruning the Cherry & Peach” and “Peach Tree & More on Pruning.”  I pruned the … Continue reading

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Smoked Pork Roast

In the tradition of the Labor Day (holiday, first Monday in September in the U.S.A.) barbecue, today I cooked a piece of boneless pork loin roast (about 3 lb. or 1.4 kg) on my smoker.  What does this have to … Continue reading

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Cherry Picking

Today my daughter helped me pick the cherries.  We removed the bird netting and picked all the good cherries.  Some were damaged by birds or from rubbing against branches.  Others were infected with fungus.  Good, ripe cherries are easy to … Continue reading

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Bird Netting

If you grow cherries (and want to have any to harvest), you probably will need to cover the tree(s) with bird netting.  I find that any cherries left unprotected, even the “sour” or pie cherries that I grow, will soon be … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers 01

All of these photos were taken on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013. First is the end of the spring flowers:  the last of my three rhododendron bushes to bloom. The peony buds from my big spring flower post have now opened. … Continue reading

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Another Frost Warning

While I was pruning the blackberries yesterday, there was a short rain shower followed by a sudden drop in temperature.  There was a frost warning for last night and another warning for tonight.  We prepared much as we did for … Continue reading

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