Brrring on the warmer weather

Our weather has been up-and-down … at least in the literal sense of temperature. Daytime highs have been in the 50s and 60s but it has been the nighttime lows that have had us worried. Most nighttime temperatures over the last two weeks have ranged into the lower 30s and even into the mid to upper 20s. [Regular followers of this blog will recall that we lost a clutch of goslings to nighttime low temperatures during the first of these dramatic cold snaps.] Some of the fruit crop has been heavily damaged (apricots and plums), the jury-is-out on the peaches, and some crops came through with minimal damage or completely unscathed (apples, cherries, pears, and blue berries). It’s amazing how small variations in microclimate can make a real difference in surviving the cold. Although the apple blossoms on the left won’t win any beauty contests, others, such as those in the middle frame, are fine and many already show healthy fruit set.

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