Fruit blossom is on the move and we will follow its advance through the National Fruit Collections, Brogdale, Kent, courtesy of Mary Pennell who has kindly agreed once again to give us a weekly update, but first her overview of the past few weeks.
So far, everything seems to be at least two weeks earlier than last year and even 2 -3 days earlier than 2009.The apricots flowered during March and have now all gone over. Alfred was the earliest with its flowering starting on 13th March. Royale was the last to reach 90% petal fall on 30th March. The others obviously fell between these two dates.
Most of the ornamental Prunus are in flower now and looking very attractive.
The early plums have just started flowering and most others are at white bud. Cherries are also coming up to white bud.
Most pears are at late green cluster compared to bud burst at this time last year.
Apples are at mouse ear – green cluster compared to most only being at the bud burst stage this time last year.
The cooler weather of last week has definitely slowed things down.
The Orange Pippin web-site is recording blossom dates for apples around the country on its Apple Tree Register.
For blossom records at the National Fruit Collections Brogdale, Kent for 2010: see this Blog
For blossom records at the National Fruit Collections, Kent for 2009 and around the country: see this Blog