Spring has finally arrived!


The cherry tree is full of flowers and looks so pretty. It’s 25 years old and the last couple years it hasn’t had many cherries. And there is a small split in the trunk.  I’m afraid by another year or two it might have to be taken down. I will miss that, even if it doesn’t get cherries on.

Sir Albert is still sitting in his spot guarding the garden, very happy not to have to wear his stocking hat any more.

I’m gearing up the garden.  I have a lot of pepper and tomato seedlings started in my little hoop house.  Yesterday I got tomato row all ready; pulled out lots of shallow weeds and put up the trellises, marking where tomatoes will be planted with pieces of brick.


Onions are up along the edge of that. Peas are up 1″ at the base of pergola poles.  The pergola needed some repairs so yesterday I got the ladder out and added some new top poles of bamboo.  And hung up a set of Tibetan prayer flags, cos the ones from last year were ragged.  Hey, gardeners need all the help they can get!

Let the games begin!

14 responses to “Spring has finally arrived!

  1. The tree looks beautiful.
    Finally some good weather eh! Seems like the groundwork is all done, looking forward to pictures when the patch is in full …… (can I use bloom here considering it is not flowers but fruits/ vegetables?)
    Happy Gardening 🙂

  2. I’m so happy to see you can start growing some healthy vegetables. Looking forward to read all about it in the next weeks and months…

  3. I miss my cherry tree at the old house a lot. I’d always get several gallons to can or freeze and make other things too. Jam, cordial, candied, pie filling, and ice cream topping. I wish I could have moved it with me.

  4. Is the cherry tree lacking a pollinator or just distressed? I really love cherry trees, both flowering and fruiting, because they remind me of the orchards of the Santa Clara Valley. What is weird about the cherry trees is that they were typically replaced every twenty five to thirty years or so. Although they could live significantly longer, it was just easier to replace them with younger and more vigorous stock than to deal with the potential difficulties of aging trees. I do not remember how long the apricot trees lasted, but the tree that was in my parent’s back yard was old in 1970, and lasted about thirty more years! It was probably a middle aged orchard tree that was left there when the house was built. (It was common for homes to retain one or more of the original trees in the back yards, even if they were a few years old.) Cherry trees in other neighborhoods sometimes lasted longer than orchard trees too, but did not have it easy as they got older. English walnuts were the weird ones. They can last a very long time. There were two at the home of my great grandparents that were getting close to a century old when they were cut down. The trees were about thirty to forty years old when the home was built in 1940. They would still be there now if the people who moved in did not dislike trees so.

      • If there is no rush to reclaim the space for something else, it might surprise you with a few cherries every few years or so. Efficiency is very important in orchard production. In your own garden, you can let the aging tree at least bloom for a few more years if you still like it, even if it does not make any fruit.

      • I would surely do that, cos the tree itself is pretty. But it has cracks in the trunk, so I’ll be calling the tree company to come and look at it for safety. It’s 25+ years old. Thanks.

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