Spring things

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 🙂

Bountiful Blossom

Bountiful Blossom

With so much blossom this year, I decided I could bring some inside.  Such a sweet fragrant vision.

Sweet fragrant nectarine

Sweet fragrant nectarine

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52 thoughts on “Spring things

  1. utesmile

    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.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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      1. utesmile

        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!

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  2. ordinarygood

    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/

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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      1. ordinarygood

        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!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          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.

  3. Sheryl

    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.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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 🙂

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  4. Forest So Green

    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

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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  5. lensandpensbysally

    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.

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  6. Mrs. P

    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.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          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.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      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.

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