Hi, first post here! I’m from Abbotsford, BC and things are definitely feeling like Spring today, aka mud season. There was a heavy downpour last night that revealed how many Puget Gold Apriots set this year which was a pleasant surprise. The tree is in its second year since being planted as bare root stock and bearing a single stunted fruit last spring. There’s roughly 30 fruits that set on the tree which might need thinning out to protect it from wind storms.
Orb weavers decided it was the right time to come out and the blasted things are putting webs in my paths through the garden. There were zero webs the day before and now there must be dozens.
I built and installed chickadee nesting boxes around my house this past winter in the hopes of attracting a pair which would in turn keep my trees and scrubs clean. This spring a female Black Capped Chickadee found the nestbox near my grape arbor, found a male a week or so after, and is in the final stages of building her nest. I’ve seen her collecting moss and small sticks to build up the nest but now she’s coming back with clumps of fur for the final lining. There should be eggs laid soon and a half dozen hungry chicks a week or so afterwards. The species is in decline so I’m happy to give them a home in my yard.
My Nadia Plum Cherry tree that I just bought a few weeks ago and transplanted is opening its first leaves. Doesn’t look like there’s going to be any flowers this year and it’s set for an aggressive growth spurt. I’ll probably be asking for some advice on pruning this young tree as I have no idea what the growth characteristics are.
The unknown Cherry tree that is in my yard seems to have survived the white mold/fungus that spread over some of the limbs. I thought I had lost the tree by the way it was looking but it has come back strong this year with triple the blooms it had last year. Perhaps we should have gotten an irrigation system and fertilized more often in past years. I’m expecting blooms this coming week.
IDK what I’m going to about this triple crown blackberry, my mom bought it last year and it seems like it’s happy? There’s vines? leaves? shooting from all the nodes on the floricanes and 3 fresh primocanes coming up. Again I have no idea what do and that’s why I signed up for these forums. I hope to learn a lot.