Sunday, May 03, 2009

apple blossoms

apple blossoms
apple tree apple blossom

My little Fuji apple tree next to my vegetable garden is in full bloom. Lots of pure white blossoms this year! I'm imagining lots of apples.

Maybe I should start collecting knee-hi's. Last year I used stockings to cover the apples to keep bugs and squirrels away. It worked great and I picked five delicious crispy red apples. It was easier than spraying the tree, at least with only five apples.

Its not that I'm counting my apples - just hoping.

Apples (Malus domestica)


Anonymous said...

Kathy - Beautiful pictures! Best wishes for lots of full, ripe apples! Do you share with Skippy? Pixie likes to eat apples - peeled, cored and quartered. She also loves fresh peas from the garden (our season is fading rapidly as temps rise in Phoenix-Tempe) - and zucchini, too, which is now maturing and grows embarrassingly well. Happy gardening!
- Daisy and Pixie

Tomato-Confused said...

I have a question!! I planted some tomatoes and they're doing fine except for the fact that they've already got blossoms and really aren't that big. What should I do? Is this normal? Will there be any fruit? :( I wasn't sure how to reach you and I couldn't figure out the answer online!

vuejardin said...

Thanks for the great idea and make a good use of old stockings. I will do the same on the small fruits in my garden.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Kathy! Apple blossoms are special for me. They bring many happy memories from long ago and from a far. Simple, innocent, charming. Thank you!

kathy said...


About those early tomato flowers, here's what I find:

Its considered good to get tomatoes to flower and fruit as early as possible. Triggers for tomato flowering seem poorly understood, though photo period is not a factor. Tomato flowering requires an optimum amount of nitrogen and temperatures in a certain range, but the timing seems mostly determined by the variety's genetics. If the plant is too small to support fruit production, it will abort some or all of the fruit and you won't get tomatoes until the plant is big enough.

I've personally always had the opposite experience with tomato flowers. Big plants and few flowers (probably from nutrients outside of the optimum range - like too little or too much nitrogen) I hope I get flowers soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, I'm so loving your blog. I've used every type of tomato support (and non-) on earth except that one you mentioned you might try this year. Have you started yet? Love to know how it goes.
Western Mass.