February 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Don’t be mad when I tell you that my apricot, plum, apple and orange trees are blossoming right now. Here in California, the dormant stage lasts about a nano-second and I must not prune until early February. I can barely beat the blossoms…in fact, I’m cutting off blossoms as I prune! It kills me to cut off potential apricots or plums or apples…pruning is the cruelist cut. We’re told that the fruit will be best if we prune well, but I mourn for the juicy apricot that hasn’t a chance because I cut her/him off at the knee/elbow/wrist. Anyone who prunes knows what I’m talking about. I have to admire the suckers that grow straight to the sky, even as I have to cut them off and throw them in the waste bin.