For nearly the whole of last week as the sun shone out of a clear blue sky and the temperatures hovered around 20C, our fruit blossom teetered on the brink of bursting.
Finally last Friday, it burst. And that coincided with the start of the deterioration in the weather. Brilliant timing! Since then temperatures have nose-dived and snow is scheduled for Scotland and Northern England, while rain and frosts will affect our part of the country. Not good news for emerging blossom.
Sunday was cool in comparison but at least the sun did shine and so I grabbed a few frames of the blossom at the far end of our garden. We have several varieties of plum in our orchard area: Victoria, Golden, Damson and Greengage. They never erupt in the same order. This year it was the Victoria Plum trees that came first, with The Golden Plum following a day later. Greengage and Damson are a few days behind.
I don’t have to walk far for my images! And each year challenges me to improve or find something a little different.
More will probably follow as this crazy season continues to unfold. Click any image to see an enlarged version.