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Location: Crooked River Ranch, Oregon
Post Pretty Flowers
Finally, fourth year in the ground, my flowering crab apples have flowers.

The fruiting apples are all in bloom right now, and in my opinion, they are every bit as pretty as the flowering crabs. The only difference is that none of the apples have red flowers. So now I am wishing I'd put real apples along the road instead of the flowering crabs.

My Stella cherry, which is a fruit producing fool, always has flowers for an extremely long time. It looks to me like she has set fruit already and today she came out with another set of flowers. I assume she re-blooms just in case she lost the first set to frost.

The flowers on the Stella appear to have survived 3 solid weeks of temps in the 20's at night. The fallen blooms certainly look OK and appear to be swelling.

The other cherries bloomed long after the Stella, and they are done. I'll have to wait and see how they handled the weather, but I'm not seeing any frost damage. I sure hope they made it. This will be the first year for 5 trees to possibly have fruit. Maybe I'll finally get to see what I've got.

At any rate, I speculate that Stella is indeed a good pollinator, just as advertised. She was by far the first to bloom and she still has flowers after the rest have quit. She overlapped the blooming season of every other cherry I've got.

Sun May 16, 2010 9:29 am
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