Swarms of bees buzzed all day from branch to branch of the redbud, and overhead the hawks flew even higher than the bees. Some of the bees were unusually small and some were medium sized and some were giant bumble bees.
It's hard to see all the bees when you are trying to take everything in, but if you focus on a single bee you can see it more clearly, precariously perched on a delicate blossom and going at it with gusto.
In the orchard, the mystery tree is blooming.
I posted a video of it on Youtube, saying how I wondered what it was.
I also posted pictures of some of the blossoms on Facebook.
My friend Martyn, who lives in Greece, told me that his wife thought it might be a blackthorn or sloe or, in Latin, prunus spinosa. I do think that is more or less right, as it is some kind of plum-like tree. I once saw a single fruit on it, many years ago. I thought it was a small plum, but it did not taste much like one. I haven't actually noticed any spines or thorns on the tree, but everything else seems to fit.
Meanwhile, these little tiny flowers by the house have really opened up.
I planted them many years ago, but have not given them any care since. They come in two colors.
I think they might be related to impatiens, but I am not sure. As I was admiring these flowers, the gardener came by with my new trees.
He planted four of them, but he did not have the saw he needed to remove the dead apple tree, so one will have to wait.
This is the information on one of my new peach trees.
You can see there already are some tiny peaches on it, though I doubt they will amount to much this year.
The other peach tree is called a Harvester peach.
My new apple trees are Gala apples and Autumn Beauty. They are not native to Missouri, but guess what? Apparently no apple tree is native to Missouri.
They are all exotic.
|Blossoms n the Autumn beauty apple tree|
One of the new apple trees already has open blossoms. The other is much smaller.
I only meant to replace the missing fruit trees this year, not to expand the orchard. But who knows, if this succeeds, I could add five new trees every year for the next ten years and have an orchard that might actually fill Bow's needs. Wouldn't that be nice?
The question is: how much labor would be involved to care for the trees and pick the fruit? Does it really require ten ordinary men working full time to do the work of a single chimpanzee? And if it does, might it not be easier to let the chimp pick his own fruit?
Maybe ten years from now, there will be a force field capable of keeping Bow within the borders of our property. In that case, we would have no need for metal bars or grids,
|A bee on the pear blossoms from yesterday|
In any event, there is no fear of not having enough pollinators for our orchard. The bees are more than willing to do their share of the work.