Gardening Magazine

Tree Following - Its Blossom Time (don't Panic)

By Ozhene @papaver
Opening clarification: To those of us who have watched Dad's Army, making a reference to Corporal Jones running around shouting 'don't panic' will make sense.  To those of us who have not seen this, try YouTube, there must be a clip of it somewhere.
It is blossom time, I am running around like Corporal Jones shouting don't panic as we have just had a period of air frost lasting several nights.  This struck fear into my heart as my quinclets were in danger.
Tree following - its blossom time (don't panic)I love the twirliness of the tight blossom buds.  They are almost like a barber's pole (another modern reference!).
Tree following - its blossom time (don't panic)There are so many blossoms on the tree this year, it is heavy with them.
Tree following - its blossom time (don't panic)In the sun they start to open.
Tree following - its blossom time (don't panic)They look wonderfully inviting for any passing bee who might want to drop in and help create a quince.  I tried pointing to the blossoms and shouting 'bee - this way', to which the bees replied 'I be this way' and flew off.
Tree following - its blossom time (don't panic)I am now in a state of anxious excitement.  The clock is now ticking, will there be quinclets, will there be more frost?  Two very important questions to which I have no answer as yet.
Come back next month and if you are very lucky there will be a swelling of the quinclets.  I don't remember that happening in Dad's Army ever, I may have strayed into Frankie Howerd territory.  I might need to update my reference points.
Thanks as ever to Lucy for herding the forest of followed trees

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