Sunday, April 22, 2012

Apple Blossoms in April?

A collection of later tulips.
I like these multi-stemmed bloomers.This is my favorite French Sorrel - good taste and strong grower
This is also a sorrel but smooth leaves. I am just not as fond of this as the other.
The hoop house is really producing.
The apple trees are very close to FULL bloom in April.

Double Daffodils have one main problem - the flowers are too heavy for the stem and so even without rain they fall over...
One of three bulbs to bloom - hope that the others will make their show next season after they grow. These are really out of their zone here in Wisconsin.

This weather is strange. The apple trees are close to full bloom and we are a full week away from May. Finding honey bees on the trees is close to impossible and my draw is my Snowdrift Crab apple in my front yard that is 20-25 plus feet tall and will bloom this week. However, I will probably be able to count on one hand the number of honey bees that come to it and likely never find my three fruit trees in the back yard. Sure hope those secondary pollinators show up.
All the flowers will have bloomed and we a ways off from Mothers Day too. Lilacs used to be the flowers of choice for end of year assemblies at schools but this year they will be a month gone by that time as I have one blooming already and the others are soon to follow.
The hoop house spinach is in its full glory and we have salads daily. The tomatoes are up in the greenhouse and the peppers should be next. I have been having some difficulty with the pelletized onions - getting them to sprout - so I tried a small tray instead of individual cells and hope that will make some difference. I also tried radish in a seed flat with the intention of growing them to maturity, if it works in a cold frame - maybe I can foil the root maggots and slugs and get crops all season - that's what the experimentation is all about.
Tulips and late double daffodils are in bloom and I succeeded in getting a fritillaria
to bloom for me - now if I could only grow turf in the front lawn!
Happy Gardening

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