Blos­som is the key to qual­ity fruit ENJOY THE SHOW

Waiheke Marketplace - - Classi Eds - ROBERT GUYTON

Blos­som is queen right now and pay­ing at­ten­tion for the short time it’s on dis­play is the least you can do. Fruit trees de­vote a huge amount of their en­ergy to ad­ver­tis­ing their readi­ness to pro­duce through their spec­tac­u­lar ar­rays of blos­som and the bees re­spond ac­cord­ingly. So, I be­lieve, should we. The Ja­panese hold fes­ti­vals to pay homage to the blos­som­ing of the cher­ries, as do we New Zealan­ders (at least those who live in Alexan­dra and Hast­ings), and there’re few cel­e­bra­tions more heart­warm­ing than a blos­som festival. In the home gar­den or or­chard – and many home gar­dens these days are part-vege gar­den, part or­chard – grow­ers are tak­ing time to ap­pre­ci­ate and enjoy the show pro­vided by their fruit­ing trees: plum, ap­ple, peach and apri­cot. Blos­som doesn’t last for­ever. In fact, one de­cent gale and it’s gone, so if your trees are alight with bloom, get out­side and among it. Pic­nics are rec­om­mended and even po­etry read­ings have a valid place where blos­som reigns.

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