My dwarf nectarine tree is loving the arrival of spring. It is about five years old and usually produces good fruit. However, this is the first year it has been so smothered in blossom. It looks so beautiful. It even attracted the attention of a duck; briefly 🙂
With so much blossom this year, I decided I could bring some inside. Such a sweet fragrant vision.
How on earth did I miss these beauties? I also seem to be unfollowed from people I thought I was following….
WordPress likes to keep us on our toes, I think. I am sure I am not getting post notifications for a lot of blogs. And the new reader format doesn’t help me in trying to keep track of bloggers either. It just confuses me!
I’ve never seen nectarine flowers before! I wish we could grow them here in Alberta, but alas…we can grow some cold-hardy apricots, though.
Apricots are delicious. My tree doesn’t do too well. I think it is not cold enough here 🙂
Picture perfect too 🙂
So kind of you to say so 🙂
How beautiful, spring is so lovely wiht all the new blossoms. And there is such a variety, enjoy spring. I have seen flowers and fruit trees in Spain I never have seen in my life before. We always buy oranges and lemons etc but now I have actually seen them hanging on the trees. It is so exciting to see it for real. You are lucky to have a garden even if it is small.
Were the oranges and lemons ready to eat? I am glad you had a good holiday in Spain. Much as I love spring and daffodils I wouldn’t mind seeing Spain right now; looks so warm and sunny.
No not yet…. the DEL MONTE Man has not picked them….. 🙂 But the grapes in the vineyard were and I helped with the harvest. That was fun. It was so lovely and warm, yet a breeze through that is felt very bearable. I only really sweated twice. I am always cold and there…. I could walk without cardigan. Hurray!
Oh, lovely. And a grape harvest too. Perhaps, one day, you will be considering a retirement place in Spain, like Ralph.
Who knows where I end up, another country is definitley a possibility…. more to explore! 🙂
In the meantime, enjoy being where you are, which I know that you do.
What delightful blossom and so much food for those precious honey bees, this bee awareness month.
I think your Wheelie Bin looks rather like a piece of surveillance equipment picking up on the doings of the duck. I needed things to amuse me to cheer me along this week and this worked nicely…..
You might like to check out this blog post for fruit protectors…http://thekitchensgarden.com/2013/08/29/the-bobble-headed-owls-have-come-be-afraid-be-very-afraid/
That link is great. I have the perfect spot for one of those owls. However, maybe I will wait and see if we actually get any fruit! Do you have Wheelie Bins? They are very useful but very ugly and hard to hide. And my little dog is scared of them; no idea why.
Aren’t those owls marvellous and they appear to work!
Yes we do have a Wheelie Bin to take away our household rubbish and garden refuse. Sadly we don’t have a green waste service here. The City Council rubbish sacks have become very, very expensive so we pay for rubbish collection in our high rates but don’t make use of it. The WB company gets a hefty fee from us but we can dispose of a lot of large garden trimmings when we need to.
In certain high winds we need to lodge our one in the garage to prevent it toppling into a parked car and denting it.
Would it be the noise of the wheeli bin that scares your wee dog? He may not welcome a bobble-headed owl either. Celi’s dogs did not approve!
Ah, yes Wellington winds and the wheelie bin, not a good mix. Possibly it is the noise of the wheels but mostly it seems to be the size that frightens Jack. I also wondered if the smells may be just too intense even for his curious nose.
Poor Jack. So your Wheelie Bin is more an instrument of terror rather than surveillance equipment. No wind here so far today and the sun is out:-)
Instrument of Terror; lol, yes.
They aren’t much fun when a gale blows a full one over on collection day:-(
Oh yes, that is AWFUL.
The blossoms are beautiful. It’s always fun to see how your seasons are the mirror image of the seasons here. I’ve been enjoying the last says of summer–and feeling a bit of trepidation about the colder weather that we’ll soon be getting.
I love the warmth of summer and am always sad to feel it go. However the thing that bothers me most about winter is not the cold but the lack of daylight hours. I find that oppressive. Your cold will be far greater than ours so I can understand the slight trepidation 🙂
I don’t remember seeing nectarine blossoms before, they are truly beautiful. Lucky you going towards the spring now!
They are beautiful. According to this website,http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-public-kitchen/local-and-seasonal-nectarine-tart.html ,”Today, nearly all of the American-grown nectarines come from a fifty-mile-wide belt of land in California that stretches from Fresno to Visalia.” I have made a tart like that one with my nectarines. It was so good.
Those blossoms are gorgeous. My father grew dwarf apple trees, we did get some apples each year and it was so much fun to just pick the fruit off the tree and to eat it so fresh. We have to buy nectarines at the store so enjoy your fresh ones when its time 🙂 Annie
I have dwarf apple trees too. Last year, they produced a lot of fruit and I loved picking an apple just when I wanted it. With the nectarines, I usually have to pick them and ripen them indoors otherwise the birds eat them before I do.
Thank you 🙂
Amazing and sweet springflowers! It feels weird to say spring when we soon have autumn here, but I hope you will enjoy spring!
I will! And I hope you make the most of the beautiful colours of autumn and gather in the last of the warm sunshine.
While I am blessed to live where we have four seasons, spring and autumn always bring such abundant surprises. You are rediscovering some of those moments of rejuvenation. Here we are watching the season wane and autumn approaches.
And we are feeling rejuvenated; well mostly. I could have done with a bit more winter hibernating and resting.
Such pretty blossom.
It is indeed. Thank you 🙂
Spring ins my favorite season of the year. One of the benefits of having friends around the world is that I can enjoy it more than once a year. 🙂 Time seems to be flying these days. It seems that it was only yesterday that you were sharing pictures of the beginning of fall.
Oh yes, it does seem like yesterday. I am not really ready for spring in lots of ways. It has come so quickly.
The blossoms are beautiful. Here, the leaves are turning color already and starting to drop. 🙂
I love those autumn colours too. In fact, I still have a couple of autumn’s leaves in a container on my dressing table. The other day I placed the autumn leaves and the spring blossom next to each other and they looked so beautiful side by side.
So lovely, and I had not seen this tree before. Thank you.
The large or regular size nectarine trees are quite common, here but I have not seen many of the dwarf variety. I am very pleased to be able to share the beauty of the blossom.
What a gorgeous tree! So beautiful!
Thank you. It is really thriving this year, in terms of blossom. It will be interesting to see how many nectarines we get.
They are beautiful. The “Sweet”, “Fragrance” and “Vision” is so lovely.
Thank you. I am really in awe of how beautiful the blossom on my tree is this year.
He looks right at home, Mr. Duck. He’ll be back, you can count on it.
I was so amused to see the Duck waddling up and down the driveway. We are quite far from the nearest stream, yet every year about this time we have a duck or two come by. Not sure if they are looking for food, a nesting place, or just curious.
Maybe there used to be a pond there!
We do wonder about that. We have looked at old maps and we think there may have been a stream, very close by, in long gone, former days. And just outside our property there is a City Council underground water well. The ducks can probably sense the water under the road and are looking for its source.Life is a puzzle for ducks as well as us.
plum trees and cherry blossoms, beware! there’s a new beauty in town.
I love soft pink colors. it always looks delicate. Never known about this plant before. Is the fruits edible? thank you
The soft pink of spring is wonderful. Yes, the nectarine fruit is very edible. It looks like a large plum but it is actually a member of the Peach family. Because I have a small garden all my fruit trees are dwarf varieties. The fruit remains the normal size but the trees stay quite small.