Spring is slow in France too!
Hi all. I can't wait to post some pics of the rudest pruning I have ever seen! Stump cuts with branches a diameter of six inches, easy! It appears many of the French grow their cherries on broom ends. Hmm. . . These were on cherry trees in the south of france between Avignon and Bonnieux. All of their new plantings of orchards seem to be columnar and the plantings are only approx. two feet apart. They prune almost all trees to about nine feet or shorter except for the cherries. All orchards are very well maintained without weeds and nicely mowed patches of grass in between rows. The fruit trees are in bloom. Very few apples, they are grown in a different region. Apricots, tons of plums, cherries, and pears. Stone fruit and grapes. They were getting the fields ready in Cavaillon for the melons. It never got into the 60's while we were there. Ooh la la, Mrs. G