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@pine I actually asked that question on this forum, creating a thread & got so much encouragement I had to try it. If you look up GoldRush on the magnifying glass icon at the top of this page, you can find the thread for details.
GoldRush ripens for me October 16-19. In the BC Okanagan, it might ripen by October 26, but definitely within the green season. The difference for you & me is our region has widely fluctuating temperatures, day to night. 30 degree daily swings make a huge difference in ripening many cultivars, including GoldRush. In the region where it was developed, summertime temps range 10 degrees F or so, day to night, which slows conversion of color in the skin & sugar from starch in the flesh, as I understand it. That is why it needs 20-30 days more between freezes to ripen in Illinois or New Jersey.

With just two harvests it has become one of my favorites, alongside Lamb Abbey. Big flavor of differing kinds typify them both. Go for it!

BTW, GR is a small tree. Do yourself a favor & put it to Bud118 or Antonovka. Mine stands on Bud118 & stopped growing up at 10 feet. I got about 90 apples from it a couple months ago, which keep marvelously through May.

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Super good info. Thanks a ton.

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how are these coming along? I started apricot but no sign of growth yet from the seeds. my partner planted an unknown fruit seed and I’ve got a tiny apple, pear or cherry tree about 4 inches tall in a little pot

(he does this a lot, he’s “helping in the garden”)

They’re growing very nicely. The red one is huge!

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The warm weather is kickstarting spring in Spokane. This young tree had a bit of a tussle with someone or something two years after the graft was made & has been rebuilding its lower stem ever since. About half of one side got torn up & it spent a lot of its resources healing. This is what it looks like 3 April, '24.

The scion for it came from a grafting class/scion exchange in '19 & came loose from the encircling ID tag. That loose scion was the only one from that bag to callus & live. I had hoped it might be Orléans Reinette, which blooms mid-late to late. Nope, this is slightly behind Redfield which typically leads the floral parade each year. I remember wanting to graft three late apples from that collection of scions. Generally, really early bloomers are not very late to ripen. “Curiouser & curiouser…”

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I have been watching the weather and I think this week will be the last of the really hard frosts. already have cold weather stuff out but seeded things very late, like this week, not sure if cabbage and things will get their chance before the heat comes.

the greenhouse was getting up in the 80s with all this sun, too. been keeping the door open.


gave the lilacs a good cut back last fall and it looks like they’ll flower well this year.


the toka plum graft is in full flower despite my daffodils not even opening yet; the other branches on the original Italian plum tree are still breaking bud. don’t think this graft will be so good as there’s no pollinators out yet at all. might be too early a variety for Spokane


bunch a starts getting used to direct sun, they’ll go out in the dirt in a couple days. it’s mostly another round of lettuces

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Each year I dead head my white lilac soon after bloom finishes. It gets strong growth & sets plenty of bloom buds that way. The aroma is really fine.

How dark is yours?

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middling, I have a white one that’s 2 years old, and a large, older one that’s medium shade of lilac. a photo of that one

I cut it back pretty seriously every other year. I think I went overboard year before last though or timed it badly, last year was the first time it didn’t bloom

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Looks like Spokane lilac. Sweet!

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Just planted a row of these last fall. Supposedly the deer don’t like them, fingers crossed.

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If you ever need some white lilac root suckers, I will be cutting them away any day.

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Thanks, though it might not be worth the trouble to figure out shipping to Canada - and there’s probably a nursery around here that has 'em.

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That’s right, had forgotten you live in BC. No doubt someone north of the border has the common white lilac.

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The Bing cherry tree across the street has been in full bloom two days.

Here is Ersinger plum in full bloom starting today.


This will be its third crop. The nearest plum I know of lives a block away. I am torn between thinning the number of fruits so it gets a bigger tree or enjoying the perfumed smallish fruit in four months.

A quick look at Kirke’s Blue plum (planted only last year) might be at 10% bloom tomorrow, so they will overlap bloom time easily. I might need to thin the number of fruit Ersinger sets this year, after all.

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