March is gone, spring is supposed to have sprung. Where is it? The ground hog lied! Six weeks is up and we still have winter. Two days ago it was a beautiful sunny zero degrees.
So what do we have from fruit garden photo-land this month?
The raspberries are still well protected, under almost 3 feet of snow. That’s the height of the first cross-member on the trellis; yes the one that looks like it’s at ground level.…..but it’s not. I’m shooting, standing atop hard packed snow. Trying to have a positive mind-set; the insulation is good. We should have a crop. Hopefully the more tender blackberry canes will bear a crop on their lower branches. At least their crowns are well protected too. We’ll have to see how the exposed wood fared. I’m a tad doubtful. Fortunately they are vigorous and pruning will soon return them to their glory. A few apple rootstocks peak thru the snow in the foreground to await spring chip buds. At least we won’t have to worry whether settling snow has ripped off young grafts.
The snow has also left the grapes barely visible. A very good thing. We should be OK. What’s visible in the photo is likely to get pruned out regardless. In more exposed areas of the vineyard my husband manages, there is damage to the wine grapes –lots of it unfortunately. Our table grape varieties are of hardier genetics and with the snow cover we should be fine, unless.…..
.….….the rodents were active. We’ll have to wait and see. They did do a bit of a number on my 2 contorted hazelnut shrubs. Fortunately the limbs are not fully girdled. Hopefully they will heal and throw new shoots too.
Hopefully this is the black cat of good luck! At least we can now see the snow has receded some in the short-lived thaw we had for a day or so. Keep thinking spring! Hopefully April will bring some starts of green.