It is February 29th, and our apricots and plums are blooming.
I mentioned two weeks ago that one of our pluots was blooming. Now the apricots and plums are starting to bloom as well.
The Blenheim apricot started blooming first. The photograph above is of Blenheim blooms. The photographs below show the size of this tree that is 3 years old in the ground. I have also attached another photograph of some Blenheim blooms.
Our Moorpark apricot is also starting to bloom, but only ever so slightly. A photograph of our Moorpark is found below.
Our plums are also starting to bloom. Our Morris plum has also been in the ground for three years, and it has grown the fastest of the plum trees. It also is in bloom with very small, white blossoms.
If I had to bet, I think the last of the cold weather is behind us. The forecast for this week is warm and warmer temperatures. While we might still get some temperatures in the mid and high 30s, I seriously doubt, at this point, that we will get any more really hard, killing freezes that could cause damage to the fruit blossoms.
My biggest concern at this point is whether enough of our native pollinators are out working. I have seen a few bees gathering around the dandelions, but I have not seen them working the fruit trees. I installed a Mason bee "nest" last summer, and its tubes were half full of coccooned eggs; however, I really have not seen them hatched in large number, yet.