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Speaking of the anticipated cold snap: Ume Plums blossoms are popping now
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sweepbjames
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February 7, 2021 - 2:47 pm

Luckily as in times past I’m counting on their nearly a month of flowering to be able to do what they do best (make Ume plums). Better for me the cold rather than the warmer wet. BA4A84F9-A6F9-4014-8867-C88E030E42B4.jpeg

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DanielW
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February 8, 2021 - 11:08 am

I hope it does OK.  

Im  curious to see what will make it and what wont in my garden and orchard. It might be a Darwinian week.  Or not. Smile

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sweepbjames
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February 10, 2021 - 6:58 pm

Loquat blossoms, mine anyway, usually make it through two light freeze events, third one pretty reliably burns them.

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John S
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February 10, 2021 - 8:32 pm

I am definitely bringing in my young kumquats.

JohN S
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DanielW
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February 11, 2021 - 8:59 am

It's too late now, probably, to buy Wilt-Pruf.  I sed to spray it on trees that were at risk for frost damage.  Some local nurseries might have it. 

I think Jafar posted a link to blossom stage frost damage tables, but I couldn't find it. Maybe it was this one

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February 12, 2021 - 1:36 pm

sweepbjames said
Loquat blossoms, mine anyway, usually make it through two light freeze events, third one pretty reliably burns them.  

Reminding myself to look out for leggy extended limbs shorten them up if at risk. A couple of three years ago after snow turned to ice and freezing rain I lost about 1/3 of my loquat  as three or four weight burdened limbs gave way, one being a substantial tear 2 3/4 x 6”. Cause for some tears. Now to reduce some tiers. 

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sweepbjames
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February 20, 2021 - 5:02 pm

Ume smells so-o-o, intoxicating. Reminds me every year… Springs Promise. 
Shout out to Texas Iand thoughts to all experiencing difficulties. We’ve been so fortunate. 
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DanielW
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February 22, 2021 - 3:54 pm

Those are nice.  I've never grown either.  Haven't even looked in the yard in a few days.  Maybe something is blooming LOL.

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sweepbjames
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February 23, 2021 - 9:50 am

DanielW said
Those are nice.  I've never grown either.  Haven't even looked in the yard in a few days.  Maybe something is blooming LOL.  

Ume (Mume) has always been way early, early-mid February through mid-late March, regularly for me. Friends in N California, Chico, Orland area, are about a month ahead of mine, (these  originating from their orchard). I took photos on Feb 7 showing earliest open buds. I think I’ve been watching the blossom time creep forward a bit as well with climate alteration. Also influenced by heavy late (maybe too late) summer prunings. I try not to prune stone fruits in the wet season any more but didn’t get to summer pruning on three stems, well, actually pruned another stem early- just before fruit harvest, and that one put up too much extension growth, so I wound up pruning all four extensively January 17 as we had a stretch of dry weather. This probably caused the buds to push a bit. 

Loquat, the one in my yard starts to flower in later October and continues till I lose them with the freezings. Just a few clusters remaining now. I see those positioned in amongst the neighboring camellia. Not quite as exposed singularly. 

Nothing smells like Ume, no wonder it holds such iconic status in Japan. 
Kind of like, you might like apples, but you have not really experienced apples ‘till you’ve caught the waft of the blossom. 

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