Spring Fruit Tree Blossoms in Clark County, WA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."  

                                     -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

 

 

Spring is such a lovely time of the year in our area. We feel fortunate to have this season's beauty around us as we shelter-in-place at our rural home in Camas, Washington. Right now, our fruit trees are in bloom. Bernie is our family's resident fruit tree tender, and his TLC is apparent this year. 

 

His holistic approach includes thoughtful pruning, and spraying the trees with neem oil and dormant oil.  It's all about timing when it comes to spraying fruit trees. For example, dormant oil is sprayed late winter or early spring, before the buds start to swell. This year, he sprayed the dormant oil in February. The neem oil goes on a couple of times a month throughout the growing season to ward off insects. 

 

The Birds and the Bees and Flowers and the Trees

 

Mother Nature sure has it figured out. The beautiful fruit blossoms beckon the bees, and it's their pollination that sets the fruit. Fortunately, our friendly mason bees are buzzing about the yard getting the job done. We've added a second mason bee house this year, and we are going to put new cocoons in it next week. Currently, we are keeping them dormant in a garage refrigerator. 

 

Bernie is also going to use netting this year to help prevent the deer from stealing all the fruits of his labor. Last year, much to his dismay, they outwitted him. You can read about it here, "Lions and Tigers and Pears, Oh Deer!"  Our apple trees are located inside fencing, but they can still reach over the fence and pluck an apple, or the entire crop, if they desire. 

 

Harmony and Me are Pretty Good Company  

 

We've discovered life in the country requires living in harmony with nature, and that includes wildlife. Rabbits, raccoons, and deer are regular visitors. Coyotes, and an occasional big cat, such as cougar, mountain lion, or bobcat might also wander through. Respecting them, and keeping our distance, goes a long way in ensuring their survival. 

 

If you'd like to learn more about rural homes and lifestyles in Clark County, Washington, visit us any time at NatureAsNeighbors.com. We always enjoy sharing what we've learned. 

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Sharon Lee
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What beauty you are surrounded with at your home. Lots of work. I know how destructive critters can be. Thank you for sharing.

Apr 25, 2020 08:06 PM #15
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Another group of great Spring scenes. Thank you!

Happy weekend Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

 

Apr 25, 2020 09:02 PM #16
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Brian England
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Hearing about your fruit trees is making me hungry, time for me to grab some fruit for myself!

Apr 26, 2020 06:45 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debb,
I love your post today. You know anything fruit tree related is going to get my attention... living in the Apple Capital and all.

This whole post reminded me of my husband (not that I need reminding).  He was my resident horticulturist.  He and Bernie could have been good friends.  

That opening quote stopped me in my tracks, though.  It made me realize that when my Max died I became like a fruit tree in winter.  I went dormant and was certain I could never be happy again. But, over time, Spring came and I feel like I might be able to bloom again. 

"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."  

                                     -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Apr 26, 2020 07:19 AM #18
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It's good to see blooms back!  We watched one of our honeybee hives attempt to swarm, but then return to their hive after gathering on a nearby tree for a few minutes.  Best guess is the queen bee said, "Nope, I'm not going! (yet)".  We expect they'll still do a split at some point and half will leave to start a new colony.

Apr 26, 2020 07:43 AM #19
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Hannah Williams yes it is. As is "Harmony and me, are pretty good company." 

Apr 26, 2020 08:11 AM #20
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Thanks Endre Barath, Jr. I liked the quote too. 

Apr 26, 2020 08:12 AM #21
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HI Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! We do feel lucky to have Bernie's skill set in the yard and garden - and kitchen! I have a high school pal from Alaska who has a place there. She mentioned temps in the 90's. That is warm for April. We will have sunshine and mid 60's today. :) 

Apr 26, 2020 08:17 AM #22
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They do, Michael Jacobs and we are fortunate. 

Apr 26, 2020 08:18 AM #23
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Hi Sharon Lee yes, it is a lot of work, but very satisfying. Today, we're spreading bark nuggets. I suspect a few sore muscles from hauling loads of the bark to the beds, but it will be that wonderful kind of soreness - using muscles. 

Apr 26, 2020 08:20 AM #24
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Another nice Spring day on the way too! Thanks Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Apr 26, 2020 08:21 AM #25
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Sounds good Brian England fruit and yogurt! 

Apr 26, 2020 08:22 AM #26
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Oh Carol Williams - loved your anology to losing Max. I bet it did feel that way for quite some time. And yes, you are in Apple country! And agree, the menfolk would have gotten along nicely. 

Apr 26, 2020 08:24 AM #27
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Your beekeeping is inspirational to us. Plus, I'm sure it provides a lot of entertainment too. Bernie would like a hive, but I'm not sure we are ready for it. Right now, I'm comfortable with our happy-go-lucky little mason bees.  Thanks for the visit Liz and Bill Spear - have a wonderful Sunday. D

Apr 26, 2020 08:27 AM #28
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I like your special collage of spring blossoms, Debb and Bernie.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Apr 26, 2020 12:32 PM #29
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CONGRATULATIONS Debb and Bernie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 26, 2020 12:33 PM #30
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Love this post, Debb and Bernie. Reminds me of Spring in New England. Have to say I've not heard of neem or dormant oil!

Jeff

Apr 26, 2020 10:24 PM #31
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Debb, your photos are stunning, and bet the smell is just as good!   We did have flowering trees, then a snowstorm.....

Apr 27, 2020 09:33 AM #32
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Will Hamm
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Hello Debb,  I wish we would be getting more growth in our trees and flowers.  This week should make a difference with weather being 85 on Thursday!

 

Apr 29, 2020 08:54 AM #33
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Debb, It is amazing how nature goes to sleep, and reawakens fuller and brighter.  Every growing season is a lesson for next year, just as you both have had to make adjustments to not just be feeding the local wildlife.  You live in such a lovely part of the country.  Thanks for sharing.

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