Go figure!

Jul 21, 2010 | 3 comments

Apples and Blossoms in July

     Sometimes Mother Nature really confuses me.  Or maybe it’s Mother Nature, herself, who is confused.  For instance, take the matter of our apple tree, ‘William’s Pride.’  A few days ago I was checking out its apple crop and marveling over the fact that it is looking pretty good, despite the fact that the tree bloomed before the bees had made their appearance this last spring, when lo and behold, on the same branch as a nice fat apple, there was a cluster of lovely blossoms.  What’s up with that?
     I immediately went online to find out if this is a common phenomenon or if William’s Pride has something quite unusual to be proud of.  I couldn’t find any pertinent information, but perhaps I didn’t word my query correctly.  So, I’m hoping some of my blog readers will have an answer for me.
     Nyel and I planted William’s Pride about five years ago.  We chose it for the name – not a particularly intelligent reason, but as it happens, it produces great apples.  It was to be planted in the area of the garden that my father particularly liked.  He had planted not one but two hedges between the garden and the street, creating a patch of privacy where he could enjoy the late afternoon sun. 
     By the time we became keepers of the garden, those hedges felt like they were going to eat the garden, the house, and anyone nearby.  So we removed them, opened up the area, and in the center of the lawn planted two apple trees.  William’s Pride seemed an appropriate choice.  Not only did the name fit, but the dark red apples come early (usually by the end of July) and they are crisp and crunchy with a slightly acidic taste – great for eating and cooking, both.  And my dad loved apples and apple pie!
     I can’t remember the name of our second apple.  It comes along about a month after William’s Pride and produces apples that are equally good eating.  But so far, it’s only William’s Pride that has sported a blossom well along in its apple producing stage.  Go figure.


  1. Larkin

    The heat wave may have triggered the flowering.
    As the book EAARTH says we don’t live on Earth
    of our memory anymore!

  2. sydney

    Thanks, Larkin! I assume you mean that one day earlier in the month when it was 99 on our porch. Wow! I wonder what our tree would look like if we’d had a week or two of that weather…

  3. Stephanie Frieze

    We planted a pear apple two years ago and have yet to get even a hint of fruit. The Italian plum attempted fruit its second year, but both seem content to just grow right now. I fear that I will be “pushing up daisies” before all the things we’ve planted begin to make the yard beautiful. You are fortunate that you have many old plants as well as your new ones.


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