Of all the fruit blossom that we are lucky to have in our garden, Apple blossom is the prettiest. Plum blossom invariably comes out first – sometimes it’s the Golden Plum that is the first to brave the weather as it did this year, but in other years it has been our Greengage trees, or even the Victoria Plum. Apple waits in the wings preparing to upstage all the others. Apple blossom is two-toned. Its buds are a brilliant pink – the trees look speckled with pink. Then as the flowers open, the off-white inner surfaces of the petals are revealed.
Plum Blossom and Cherry Blossom have a uniformity, a preciseness, about their flowers, Apple’s flowers are slightly grander and just a little crumpled around the edges. We have yet to see the full effect this year, but today’s image was captured yesterday, the last day of a period of settled warm weather. It’s raining as I write and the forecast is for a more unsettled period of weather – it doesn’t always pay to be last on stage.
Don’t forget to click the image to see an enlargement – it’s worth it for a much higher quality image.