This blog post chronicles changes in my fruit trees, including the emergence of blossom and the growth of new leaves from the end of August until mid-October, a period of almost seven weeks.
In the last week of August, the pink blossom of my neighbour’s prunus tree was in its last stages. Vaguely I could discern bumps of potential blossom on my red plum tree immediately below my balcony, but other trees still appeared dormant.
Then in the first week of September, the first glorious white blossoms opened on my red plum tree.
A day later even more blossoms were showing. Change was rapid.
Six days later I could see, slightly below and to the right of the red plum tree, a slight greening of bumps on the greengage tree indicating blossoms would appear soon.
Three days later the greengage tree was alight with flowers.
Two days later the density of flowers on both red plum and greengage tree was thicker.
At mid-September, the sight was glorious.
On the 20th September the greening buds on the silver birch were clear, and I looked forward to the time when the tree was fully leafed and my view of the neighbour’s angular house would be softened.
On the 22nd September the greening of the silver birch continued and the blossoms on the red plum tree were beginning to drop leaving the fruit to begin to expand.
In the early morning of the 26th September, with snow on kunanyi (Mt Wellington), the blossoms continued to sparkle, and more leaves were appearing on the red plum tree to give some protection for the fruit.
By the 28th September many leaves had established themselves on the silver birch and the red plum tree.
The changes in my view on the 2nd October were as follows:
Close by, I noted my cherry tree was in flower.
On the 6th October, the cherry blossom is clearly visible on the lower right of the next photo, while the greengage tree is losing its blossom and gaining new leaves. The silver birch is flush with green leaves.
By the 11th my view was a sea of green, and this richness continued to be the situation on the 15th as I write.
When I examined the fruit trees I was delighted to see the plump new growth of the fruits. The markers of the evolution of spring in my garden are easy reminders that our world never stays the same. What a joy that is!