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fig cluster

In spite of the cold spell we now have many, many darling buds of May! The biggest of them all are flower buds of peony, they are almost the size of chicken eggs.  And I am looking forward to their deep  fuchsia  blooms to fill my vase with.  Cherry tree is very prolific this year, all the branches are covered with flower buds. I did applied a generous layer of wood ashes and fish blood and bone a couple of months ago, hopefully will lead to some rich cherry picking later on, if our residential black birds allow me to.  The unexpected ones are from the quince, it has very pretty powder pink flower buds that look extremely delicate, almost too fragile to withstand the chill of the morning air.  I don't expect them to become fruits but appreciate their showing of promise to come. 

The fig trees have very robust fruit buds.  The advice is to remove the buds that are larger than the pea size.  I would normally count the buds first and then try to resist removing those larger buds if the count is low in number.  This year I will try to increase the number of fig trees and house one of them in the green house and see whether it will really produce 2 crops in one year.

Not all buds are for flowers and fruits.  Some are leaf buds, like the grape vines.  They indicate that the brown twits are alive, ready to break into leaves once the temperature rises.  I suppose this year is another tricky year for grapes due to the long cold spring.

The edible buds are asparagus!  They are just popping their heads above the ground.  It's the third year since I planted  their first year crowns.  The year that one is supposed to harvest the crop.  A long time to wait and no doubt they will be the best asparagus money cannot buy!

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Comment by Colin Robinson on May 5, 2016 at 23:18

I hope you manage to get some of the cherries for yourself, Jade. I had a large cherry tree in the garden and found that the local birds liked the fruit just before it was ripe and would strip the tree unless I put net around some of the branches to keep them off. 

Comment by Jade Hwang on May 6, 2016 at 18:10

Thank you Colin for sharing the tip.  Most years the birds get the lion share of the cherries.  I shall see how practical to put up netting around the lower branches.

Comment by Anne Sawhney on May 9, 2016 at 9:03

Is the wood ash and blood/bone for feeding the tree, or pest control? Our little tree happily blooms each spring, but the fruit that follows looks so pitiful, not even the birds take interest. I thought there might be some specialist product I'm supposed to be using.

Comment by Jade Hwang on May 9, 2016 at 16:41

the wood ash and blood/bone serve as fertiliser.  What variety is your cherry tree?  If it is sour cherry or ornamental cherry, then the fruits will be not of interest to birds. 

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