|CHERRY BLOSSOMS TOOK A HIT|
|MARSH MARIGOLDS ARE BLOOMING IN WET PLACES|
|THE BOYS IN THE 'HOOD TAKE A RIDE...|
|...BUT SOMETIMES A GUY NEEDS A PUSH|
We have a camera shy bear. He (or she) swatted it off the post where it was poised to take its photo... must have hit it from behind since there was no image in the camera.
Yesterday we stopped at the Ferraro’s Apple Hill Orchards to see how their sweet cherry blossoms have fared the vicissitudes of spring. The answer was, not too well. A lot, certainly more than half, of the flower buds were killed back in the unseasonably warm weather of late winter. Some escaped damage, and secondary buds will bloom, but it will be a light crop by all estimates. The good news is that there are a lot of bees, including honey bees, this spring, which has not always been the case the last few years, so pollination will be good and they won’t have to rent or buy bees. Also good news is that most of the apple blossoms were not damaged, although the danger of frost is not yet past.
The marsh marigolds, Caltha palustris, are blooming beautifully now in wet roadsides and woods, turning damp ditches into ntaural water gardens of great beauty.
Yesterday I more-or-less violated my pledge of no political commentary on Sundays, so to compensate for my transgression there will be none today.