A few observations from my orchard today. All of my Japanese plums and hybrids are at least at bud swell or further along up to popcorn stage. As always, flavor delight is the farthest along and very inappropriate for my location. Luckily it’s just a single grafted limb so I’ll leave it for the heck of it. My other observations in terms of earliest blooms to latest.
Flavor Delight,. Last year’s first bloom was 2/26/17. So we are at least 2 weeks later this year.
Methley, FK, FS, FQ (all similar stage).
Emerald Beaut, Flavor Grenade,
Toka even later.
All of my cots look late with the exception of the hybrids.
Last year Nanking cherry was very early as well but this year they are probably as far along as Toka. All in all I think we are 1-2 weeks behind last year’s early bloom.
Here is the popcorn stage flavor delight