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Tree Following April 2024 - Blossom!

By Ozhene @papaver

Suddenly it is blossom time, one moment the blossom was tight in bud,

Tree following April 2024 - Blossom!

the glimpses of pink were tightly wound, but the days are longer and the sun is warmer now we are past the solstice and only a few days later the magic had been wrought.

Tree following April 2024 - Blossom!

With an almost audible 'pumph' the blossom on Quince Major has started to open.

Tree following April 2024 - Blossom!

and there is plenty of blossom on Quince Major which is a relief. Regular readers will recall that in January this year I pruned both trees and Quince Major in particular was pruned quite hard. Seeing a goodly amount of blossom on Mr Major was something I had hardly dared hope for.

Tree following April 2024 - Blossom!

Quince Minor is a little behind, a little more cautious and still at the stripey raspberry ripple ice-cream cone moment. You have to remember that Quince Major is Cydonia oblonga 'Vranja' and Quince Minor is Cydonia oblonga 'Champion' so there is likely to be differences between them. Quince Minor is about five years young than Major and was bought to help encourage the production of quinces. I have to be honest, this has been to no significant success, but I usually get one or two. Anyhoo, Mr Minor has plenty of quinces and I am hopeful that this year might be the year both of them really get their quinceness together.

Time, of course, will tell.

Take care and be kind.

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