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Blossom in abundance

Since late February our fruit trees have given enormous pleasure as they have each, in turn, flowered.
It always starts with the dark plum. Originally spindly and weak – and still a little frail – the tree is the first to break into a joyous show of delicate blooms:
Dark plum flowers 2.16
Just as the plum bursts into flower, perfect buds form on the neighbouring orange (at least we think that is what the tree is – in spite of the annual display of flowers, we have never had a fruit to pick).
Orange blossom buds 2.16
In the warm spring sunshine, the buds soon open to reveal glorious, waxy flowers with a heady, sweet perfume that has no equal in the fruit tree realm!
Orange blossom 3.16
Meanwhile, our star “lemange” tree – rootstock lemon and scion sweet orange – has surpassed herself this season. Since I pruned her in January, the tree has taken on a new lease of life and has poured her energy into a wonderful display of flowers, mostly of lemon but with a few of orange thrown in for good measure. There is no doubt which is the more vigorous stock here – seen from above it’s all about lemon:
Lemange 3.16
As the tree is situated just below the area of roof where the beehives are kept, the bees often come straight down for a taster before making their way over to the strong stuff in the raised beds: maybe the rocket and mustard are more palatable that way?

It has also been particularly encouraging to see the straggly lime tree produce a decent show of blossom, for once.

Lime blossom 3.16

Like the dark plum, it is very close to the back hedge of Indian laurels and, until the laurels were drastically cut back last summer, it suffered for the position. Winter pruning of the lime was sparing – simply reducing the interior crossing branches in an attempt to give the tree a better shape – and, even if it lacks the natural elegance of the lemange tree, at least we can now hope it will produce some fruit.

By mid-March, the dark plum was coming to the end of its season, but the second plum was ready to start an astonishing display. As it is positioned in the lawn, behind the house, the masses of blossom created quite an impression:

Plum blossom 3.16

At the same time, to one side, there has been a real beauty: if the flowers of the pear tree are pretty but rather slight, the leaves are totally gorgeous: tender, soft – and pink! 
Pear 1 flowering 3.16
(Excuse the late addition of the last photograph: it sometimes takes forever to load photos using WordPress, I don’t know why. I reduce the size of the files considerably each time, but that doesn’t always help. The internet connection is sometimes frustratingly slow in Egypt.)





4 Comments Post a comment
  1. The perfume in the garden from all your citrus must be delicious. I hope your plum produces lots of fruit.

    March 23, 2016
  2. Kourosh has a small lemon tree he was given but it has to be brought in during the winter. It must be lovely to have citrus fruit trees growing in your garden, I agree with you that there is nothing like their perfume. The perfume must go through to the honey, I suppose. Amelia

    March 24, 2016
    • Welcome back from your holiday, Amelia! We have not yet identified citrus blossom in the honey possibly because the bees take from such a mix of flowers in our garden/neighbourhood (not everyone in the area has fruit trees, by the way, many people don’t actively cultivate their gardens here). So our honey is “polyfloral” as one local health food company puts it. I imagine that citrus trees do well in some parts of northern Europe provided they over-winter indoors: have you had any fruit from your lemon tree yet?

      March 24, 2016
      • Yes, we have had fruit. It is quite popular here to keep lemon trees and bring them in during the winter. Our neighbour has taken 3 kilos of one of her small trees.

        March 25, 2016

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