Breaking out

Apricot flower

Apricot blossom

The photo shows the first and (at this moment) only open flower on the every-other-year apricot tree.

It looks like it will be ‘its’ year this year – the twigs are crowded with fat dark pink buds.

Clive, the dark horse, unexpectedly used his walker to get into the kitchen for breakfast today. He stayed on for quite a while after and it was very handy to have a mathematician to help me work out the ridiculously fiddly quantities of ingredients for 1.5 litres of ‘pink bud’ spray.

I sprayed the nectarine tree, the almond tree, the apricot tree of the picture, and seven peach trees, some of them very small – four in front of the house and three behind.

I did it slightly earlier than I’d have chosen for some of the trees because the next few days are supposed to be wet, which doesn’t stop the flowers coming out but would stop me spraying!

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  1. February 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    What’s the pink bud spray for and what does it contain?

    • February 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      It’s for zapping things before they start! It contains Proclaim Combi against fungal diseases such as peach leaf curl; Oliocin – mineral oil against pests esp those which overwinter in the bark; Reldan 22, a broad-spectrum insecticide; Confidor, also an insecticide esp against aphids. These are Italian products but you can look them up on the internet. The recipe is one handed out by a horticultural store and ‘guru’ of the area.

  2. Jackie
    February 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Such good news about Clive. Very pleased for you both.

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