Thursday started off fairly bright with a little overcast. Oddly enough, it wasn't as cool as the previous two mornings, with temps in the mid-40s. The light was good, so I thought I would take a few pictures and see what would turn out.
The oak trees are just now having their buds swell. This, in itself is a bit strange because the other trees are not much ahead of them. Usually, the oaks are content to wait until well after the other trees are completely leafed out. This year they are right with the rest of the trees and bushes for the most part. We thought our ash trees might not have survived, but we see they also have buds swelling. We have little doubt that they will succumb to the ash-borer beetle (we think they are already), but we are not inclined to take them down. Worst case scenario: they become woodpecker habitat. I mean, what will they do, allow the borer to spread to other ash trees? Too late to worry about that one as our farm is probably among the last bastions in the state for unaffected ash trees.
The weather gets cold and we have a frost or freeze.
Public Service Announcement: Be ready for a freeze in our area. If you have already put your garden in... oops. Get things covered or brought in for the next few nights.
Happy Mother's Day Mom!
The good news is that we usually have some Nanking Cherries to snack on as we walk about the farm in June. They are not very big and are mostly pit, but they taste sooo good! Ok, that's our story and we're sticking to it.
We also know the birds (chickens and wild birds) like them. We'll call it a win all around.
We're both wondering if we will get to sample some berries from these bushes this year. I did notice some decent pollinator activity around these bushes later in the day - so we'll call that one a win too!
The two cherry trees on the farm are now entering full bloom. Maybe this year we will have a nice crop of cherries? Or, perhaps not. The upcoming freeze just might limit production. Since there isn't really anything we can do about it, we'll just keep treating the trees nice and complement them on their lovely clothing. Then we'll watch with anticipation for the red fruits so we can grab them before the critters do!
While our trees appear to be nice and healthy, we have yet to bring in much more than a few hands full of fruit in any given season. We know they are capable of more and we await the season when we wonder what to do with them all. I just told one of the trees what a nice treat that would be. I hope it took the suggestion well.
And finally, please remember to be kind and considerate to each other. Remember to wear a mask when you patronize a business, if you decide to do so. Even if you think you'll be ok, consider that the workers at these establishments don't have a choice and will be exposed to every person who does not wear a mask. For their sake, wear the "stupid" mask so they don't have to bear the brunt of this. It's not about you, it's about caring for them. Thank you!