Almost a week and a half has passed since my last bloom report, and a lot has happened in a short period of time. As you can see from the photograph above, our Compact Stella Cherry has started to bloom. There are not as many blossoms on the tree this year for some reason. I am hoping that more blooms are going to open over the next several days; otherwise, I am going to need to investigate what changes could have resulted in fewer blooms. This winter, we planted four Royal Lee and Minnie Royal trees from Bay Laurel Nursery. Thsese tress went straight to leafing out without any blooms. A photograph of the Compact Stella and one of the Royal Lees are set out below:
As with my cherries, my pear trees and asian pear trees did not produce very many blossoms this spring. Rather, they primarily went straight into leafing out with only a few blossoms. I do not think this was the result of overpruning, but I will do some research and speculating, and then I'll report back why I think this happened. Nevertheless, my Magness pear has produced beautiful blooms. Similarly, the few blooms on my asian pears, Hosui and Shinko, are also lovely.
Shinko asian pear
Some of my apple trees started to bloom this past week. Particularly, my Anna, Granny Smith, and Fuji have started to bloom. The photograph below is from the Anna.
Here are some early buds on the Granny Smith:
My other apple varieties have not started to flower yet, including the: Gala, Braeburn, William's Pride, Wynooche Early, Spigold, Cox Orange Pippen, and Goldrush. I do not expect the six new apple trees that I planted this winter to flower: Mutsu/Crispin, Esopus Spitzenberg, Newtown Pippin, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Rubinette, and Ashmead's Kernel.