|Strawberry plants are blooming well now. Some blossoms, such as the ones at far left and bottom right with black centers, were killed last week by freezing temperatures, but most blooms are still alive and will set fruit.|
We also have harvested asparagus for sale by order, now till about June 15. During the 3 days this past week when temperatures reached 85 to 87 F, I harvested asparagus twice a day, and sold a lot. With highs in the 40's, it doesn't grow much, but it's supposed to get warmer next week.
We still have lots of nice 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale, kept in top condition in our cooler. There are plenty of large apples, both #1's and #2's, plus some smaller #1 'Enterprise' apples that I sorted for schools, which prefer the smaller size as they're perfect for kids' lunches. With schools winding down for the year, I have a couple boxes of these smaller #1 'Enterprise' apples that I can sell to those who ask for them.
|I used a paintbrush to pollinate stigmas of flowers I'd emasculated on this 'GoldRush' tree with Coop 27 pollen I'd collected, dried and stored in the vial, to create controlled crosses of 'GoldRush' X Coop 27.|
|Plumcots are pea-sized now, when I started thinning excess fruit. I thinned off damaged fruit and double fruit, such as the one in the center of the photo, caused by cold temperatures during bloom and fruit set.|