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Promise of Spring

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The beautiful fragile blossoms of Prunus mume, the Japanese flowering apricot, are one of my first signals of spring. Through the seemingly endless rain, and soggy ground, these small trees are smothered with their delicate fragrant blooms. They're a delight in the depths of these cold wet days.

The trees can be propagated from the fruit, but also by cuttings.....and are a worthy addition to any garden, but I think they'll do best in the regions that get some frosts. 

I'm now applying fertiliser to all my fruiting and flowering plants (except the protea family, which should never be fertilised). The extra nutrients will give the plants the boost they need for good flowering, fruit set, and overall health, after the rigors of winter. I'm particularly keen to see the stone fruit produce a good crop this year. 

I've just pruned my roses.... they were coming into leaf despite the cold soil. Best to get this done before September, unless you have hard frosts in late spring.

It's gumboot weather, but we'll all soon be welcoming the warm spring days.



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