Spring progress report in Western Montana-
I'm a little encouraged this year. The winter was on the mild side and Spring got here in timely fashion. We've had a little rain and reasonably warm days. We're at 3200 feet elevation and getting a good start.
Apricots are in full bloom. Crocuses have been and gone, and tulips look to be getting ready; daffodils are doing their thing. My garlic and shallots are up and looking good. The pear and apple are leafing out and I'll graft next week. A friend wants me to try Golden Supreme and I'm going to try to find a spot for that, along with the other gifts I've gotten from friends here. No plans for the pear other than to keep it pruned.
My real excitement is over the little Italian prune plum growing from a sucker. I've hovered over it four years now (or is it five?) and it looks to be getting ready to bloom for the first time. And the funky little experimental prune that I grafted to tomentosa is doing well also, although no signs of flowers yet. Several years old and still just waist high, it looks to be considerably dwarfed, which is what I had hoped for. Maybe next year we'll get to see whether it can handle the burden of bearing fruit.
And I'm also tickled that the marianna rootstock left from my winter-killed apricot survived nicely and in fact gave me a couple of spares. I'll graft to them this summer and give one or two away, and I'm really looking forward to that.
Just like Christmas every day!