Orchard pictures...

Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)June 8, 2009

Just for sharing......from this evening.

Cedar Waxwings are eating flower pedals,....not sure if they are thinning the tree, probably not because I only see pedals go.

Konrad

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bberry_gw

Konrad,
Beautiful bird and nice pics. However flocks of 30 or more completely strip the small green fruits on my plums and other trees. I am amazed at the size of the green plum they can eat. I suggest you watch them closely. I do not think you will like what you see. They also like to stay in small flocks of about 30 but can number up to a hundred. I have to scare them off daily. Cotton twine strung 20 feet up over your young trees may help.
Bberry

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 6:37AM
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thomis(7)

nice pictures. cedar waxwings are pretty birds but they do like to take their share.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 9:52AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Wow... You guys area really behind up there!!! or maybe your not? Pretty birds, but birds are probably one of the biggest pests around here. I'd get a pack of wild dogs/cats to chase and eat them.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 10:34AM
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Axel(12b/Sunset H2)

Nice looking orchard. Wow, your apples bloom pretty late up there. Most of our apples here are done blooming, although a very few very late bloomers are still doing their thing. We're about 2-3 weeks away from the first Summer apples down here.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 7:54PM
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glenn_russell(6b RI)

Konrad-
Is it ok to say...? I have orchard envy. Nice work!
-Glenn

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mudflapper

You de man! Konrad, you de man! Wow! you have a beautiful Orchard, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 11:56PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!...and all your encouragement!

Bberry,
I know....it could get to be a problem with large flocks, here, the numbers are around 15 or
so the last several years and haven't bee a big problem yet. They also eat green cherries.
We had a late spring...perhaps about 2 weeks late, I rather see it late then heaving a heavy frost when leafed out,
still, it seems several pear trees look like died from a frost about 2 weeks ago.
Axel, it's nice to have it spread out longer in your zone, here, everything comes at one's, but when it comes, it's a very
intense short growing season, helping along with our long daylight.....but soooon it's over!

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It's very dry again, I don't think we had 1" rain since snow left 2 month ago, have never cut grass yet, some dandelion came
up and the grass is stalling.

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A bit of sun ray striking the orchard

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The Evans Cherries looking good again after one year resting, they are flowering now.

Konrad

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 2:32AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just a update,.. the Evans Cherries are ripening....



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A pair of Cedar Waxwings had a nest..


Konrad

    Bookmark   August 14, 2009 at 2:10AM
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glenn_russell(6b RI)

Wow Konrad. Great pictures. Truly professional looking. I especially like the one of the mother bird giving the little ones one of your berries! I take it photography is one of your other hobbies? Have you ever tried entering any of these pics into a photo contest? Again, great orchard pics.
-Glenn

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juniorpilot(USDA 10 Suns 20)

Gorgeous pictures. Handsome photo subject those Cedar Waxwings. Good thing they're not a problem for you.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 1:26AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Beautiful pictures

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 9:34PM
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ottawan_z5a

Konrad
You are Master with the fruit trees and the birds pictures in a bitter cold zone. Great work with both (& may be with many other works).
I am not sure how I missed this thread when started!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!

Glenn, Yes, ...think I have too many hobbies, ... guess better then none.
I have entered some photos in the Picture Of The Day [P-O-T-D], they don't give out prices,
think I have landed one for best of the month.

Juniorpilot...I would think you're a pilot, wow, you get the bird's eye View,... good for you!
I haven't had problems with birds so much, one year, Mc Pies cleaned up a couple of cherry trees.
Moose is my worst enemy in winter, in summer, I have mostly deer, they prune back the branches a bit but at least
they don't make much damage. Yesterday the first time, a couple of fawns [White tail's] I found laying in the orchard
in broad daylight, I went back to get the camera and got a couple of shot's, in the evening I set up a blind and waited,....only in about a half hr. they came and got some shots.

Konrad

Here is a link that might be useful: Picture Of The Day

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

For a little while in the winter I put out a remote camera with night vision/infrared to see what animal will visit..
[camera is pointing always same direction]

Konrad

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 12:25AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Last year we had a two week deep freeze, leafs couldn't turn color...

This picture about 10 day's before the freeze

This year's fall looks about normal..

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nursery & Poplar fall color right after a light rain in evening..


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After a few minutes taking a shot towards where I was standing..

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 10:35PM
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glenn_russell(6b RI)

I always enjoy your pictures Konrad. Keep 'em coming! -Glenn

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 8:40PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Glenn!
I checked my remote homebrew camera and found this...

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 12:21AM
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ltilton

Konrad, in the night photos, am I correct that it's a wolf, not a coyote? That should keep those apple-eating deer under control.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I think it's a coyote...no wolfs in this area.
Here another one..

One's I thought this was a wolf..

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kokos(6a)

very nice konrad...where abouts are you?
I take it you are zone #3?
yeah you're fruit trees are ahead in trms of dormancy down here...no where showing dormancy yet...
what varieites do you plant for apple, cherry what rootstocks are able to take the cold there, which ones are they in those pics?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 10:43AM
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ltilton

That second photo looks wolfy, all right.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 11:29AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I'm just outside of Edmonton Alberta.
I prefer my own apple seedling root stock...[orchard picture fall color] they can handle drought better. The other apple tree with deer is on renetka or antonovka spelling? Cherry, [Evans] is on it's own root, some I graft to pin cherry...makes them a bit hardier,...thanks kokos.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Oh...apple varieties, Norkent, Norland, Norda, Norson, Carroll, Summer Red, Goodland, September Ruby or Ruby Red, Zaychuck #1, Lee 17, Collet, Early Mac, Harcourt, Red Wonder, Red Well, Fall Red.
Crab Apples..
Trailman, Chestnut, Rescue...some new seedling crab.
Some other apples I'm testing for hardiness.

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strudeldog_gw

I am impressed, even your game-cam pictures look professional.

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franktank232(z5 WI)

Konrad-

That looks like some good tasting venison.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!

..Looks like he has a taste for apples too!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This is end of October on my brothers place in Switzerland picking
apples with a machine....

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ramble

Konrad,

What's the wire mesh wrapped around some tree trunks for? Is it for squirrels? Do you think it'd work on stopping squirrels?

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kokos(6a)

Great pics Konrad....

Where do you live if you don't mind me asking?
I remember you posting about Seedling rootstocks and how well they work for you. Are the Apple trees in these pics here on seedling?

Is it safe for the deer to eat the branches of apple trees without causing harm to the tree?
When goats entered my orchard and ate my olive trees in Greece, the agronomists told me they would not be the same again, some worse eaten some less...he said that the saliva acts like a poison and does not allow the tree to thrive there after. Advice: Rip out 100 trees and replant....farmer was charged by local agronomy policeman.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 7:11PM
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kokos(6a)

Read the posts above...saw where you live!
Nice!

Give B118 a try it can take a cold beating.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

ramble, the wire is mostly for rabbits and helping/preventing porcupine
climbing the tree.

Yes, all these are on seedling rootstock.
It doesn't seem to be a problem deer or moose eating the ends off.
Hmn...goat saliva,...that's news to me.

What's B118?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 8:49PM
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ramble

Konrad,

Think the wire mesh would work for squirreels?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 10:27PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I don't think wire mesh will do for squirrels, but hey, try it, nothing to loose. I only see one or two a year in the woods, not a problem yet.

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kokos(6a)

Budagovsky 118 rootstock

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thanks Kokos,

I stumbled onto this video and it looked like a bunch of alien came and
pruned this orchard, some of us can use these electronic tools when joints are aching and our power is not there anymore....see video

Here is a link that might be useful: Electronic Shear

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 11:15PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I have seen one in operation..

Here is a link that might be useful: Picking your apples

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ramble

What do you do with all that fruit? Eat it yourself? Impossible. Can it? Would have enough for 3 centuries. Sell it somehow?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

>>What do you do with all that fruit?I sold some apples, some I juiced with my home build juicer..[link], 700 liter of juice, [last year] lots got frozen, some I sold and some in exchange of 7 tons of manure.

Here is a link that might be useful: Apple Juicer

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 3:24PM
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ramble

konrad,

That's a load of crap. Just kidding.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2011 at 8:25PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

It looks like as we're going for a record snowfall this winter, I love it, then our ponds and lakes can recover a bit from the last 15 years of less moisture.

The Apple Orchard

Honey Bees cooped up in front of Evans cherries..


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At home, snowing night shot, street lamp giving the back light..

    Bookmark   January 15, 2011 at 11:33PM
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camp10

What a beautiful, peaceful setting.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2011 at 3:29PM
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rcmoser

WOW! thats about all I can say. Looks like dreamland! Very blessed indeed! Just a wonderful place some where over the rainbow? Love the wildlife and birds also. The coyote really wants an apple!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2011 at 1:19AM
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MisterTristern

Ramble:

Konrad is correct, wire mesh will not work for squirrels. Refer to the devices to eliminate squirrels thread for some of the methods that have worked for some. I made a long post in there outlining my experiences.

Beautiful pictures Konrad. Cherries will not grow well where I am, save for the an ornamental weeping type. I have a bit of a deer problem as well, they continually eat my persimmons and other fruits. With the sheer volumes of fruit your producing, I guess they're just a mere annoyance. Thanks for sharing the photos and keep em coming!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

into my little forest grown from seeds.

Thank you all....yes, I'm blessed, allot of work but you can see the fruit of labor...

We still have allot of snow, Deer are suffering and chewing down allot!

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glenn_russell(6b RI)

Wow! Amazing pics as always Konrad! Great closeup of the pesky deer! Keep 'em coming! -Glenn

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Yes Konrad, amazing pictures as always!

Your deer look a lot more healthy than ours, here they look all ratty-coated and not very photogenic.

Scott

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ravenh2001

I would like to see more pic's of deer on game poles. I used to take pic's of deer then the land arround me was put into subdivisions and land was posted no hunting. now people feed the deer and there are more than the forest can sustain. What used to be a few pruning some branches is now eating a tree down to a stub. Wife used to say come look at the deer now she says grab the gun.

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MisterTristern

Wow, you still have snow! Beautiful picture. How did you get that close?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
>>How did you get that close?These pictures were taken with a home brew camera put inside a water tight pelican case, activated by a motion sensor, hooked up with camera, then pictures are taken by itself. Camera is a Sony point and shoot Cybershot. See.. deer noticed the camera and looking straight at it, probably only 2 to 3 feet away. I use it for birds also.

Baltimore Oriole

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pricklypoppy

Wow! Really nice pictures!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you!

Aug. 31 we had hail damage, the second year in a row...good thing is I don't have many apples this year.. most trees are still recovering the second year now after a long deep freeze in October when trees were still too green going into winter, some trees are dead and some are still dying.
Another good thing....it could be worse, have seen allot of wood damage, luckily not in my orchard.

I was hoping to make some pin cherry jelly this year with the best fruit set in about 15 years, ..now I don't know?
The ground was littered with cherries, also chokecherries knocked off green.

Pin cherry

Evans cherry

Trailman crab apple

September Ruby

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This from Sept. 4, same 4 apples as in last picture, still on the tree, good enough to make juice.

From Sept. 8, a little tree in the open with heavy damage.

A Trailman Crab, best juicing & eating little apple ready to pick, sheltered a bit with less hail damage but Deer sripped this one all within reach...they know what's good!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Something didn't make sense,..I put Aug. 31 when I posted the first hail damage, that's wrong, should read Aug. 1

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alan haigh

Funny, I had the same problem this year with those large ants at my place, going after cracked plums.

I agree that this photo album is very special indeed.

You still calling that canine a coyote? East coast coyotes are so much larger than the ones I grew up with in the west coast. Over 15 years back there was a lot of speculation that they are wolf-coyote hybrids but because DNA is identical (as far as what could be analyzed back then) between dogs, coyotes and wolves it was all theory. Don't know if that issue has been resolved.

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Sara_in_philly

These are amazing pictures! What kind of motion sensor do you use? Is it easy to hook it up to the camera?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
Sarah, below is a link from my builds, you can also do a search on building home brew trail cameras.

I'm done with apple pickings, all is processed, mostly juice.
This picture from Aug. 29, showing the apples of my biggest customer, I don't do much custom juicing...just don't have the time. My first early juiced in jugs under the trees, the late one's I did last weekend.


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This from Sept.7, picked this Norkent in my back yard, the nice one's for storing, rest juice, trees do much better here then on the farm, grafted on a seedling.


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The first time I've seen a black lady bug.


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Out on the farm most trees are still recovering from the 2 week deep freeze a couple of years back, not much fruit, some bunches here and there.

From Sept. 27


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Have done good on some berries & cherries..
Pin cherries, on the south side of trees, sheltered from hail


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Western Sand Cherries


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Black Currant, go into my breakfast cereal


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Choke Cherries,.. this year I mixed about 3 liters fresh juice into a 50 liter apple wine batch.


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The first time I got a nice little crop of plum out on the farm, Sprout's Sunshine, grafted to a Siberian Apricot sucker.

From Sept. 3

Here is a link that might be useful: Self Portrait of Birds and....

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bruce2288

I love your photos. I could view a spred from you everyday. Inspirational for my orchard. Thanks

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ramble

When we know how hard it is to be successful, you get our top admiration. Wow! And clean and neat too!

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Sara_in_philly

Thank you for the info. Should be an interesting project.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
Sarah, Buckshot and some others can hack a camera for you if you're not confident doing it,.. I ruined my first camera. In the link is where I got help. I followed Buckshot's video for the hack.

Just downloaded the trail camera, the fawn on the left with mom, the white markings almost gone, from Sept. 22.

Here is a link that might be useful: Game cam build help

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shawnee(zone 5/6)

Wow looks like dwarf stock and THAT far north - we're impressed! We are in droughty blustery Kansas and have windbreaks, but Fuji's previous owner planted are spindly-limbed and a pain. What rootstock would you suggest? We're getting 'old' and need to replace some stock and would love to have lower trees to get rid of some of that ladder climbing!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Shawnee!
I can't tell what you need in your area, perhaps see your local nursery.
Here, trees don't grow huge in our harsh environment, even when using standard root stock.

I've been on a visit to China, these pictures near Beijing on a roadside stand, I was impressed how nice these apples were, it
seems the Chinese don't eat much fruits....just never see anybody eating, that was just my observation, perhaps too expensive for the average Chinese?

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mrsg47(7)

Konrad, I agree the fruit stand in China is really good looking. The apples look excellent. The Chinese love fruit and eat quite a bit of it. I also took your advice but was in a dilemma as to which Mirabelle I should buy. After seeing your photograph of Mirabelle de Nancy, I bought one of those and also Metz! I cannot wait till they arrive in the spring. My small orchard is growing! Keep the photographs coming! Mrs. G

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woodstockfenceguy

China produces the most apples in the world with 27 507 000 tons yearly, and US is next in line with only 4 237 730 tons.

Konrad, did you say those are standard rootstock trees? They look more like semi dwarf to me. How did you keep deer from killing trees off when they were smaller?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
I graft all apples to my own seedlings.

In China a large apple region is XIAN, some years ago the US was flooded with concentrated juice from there.
Most fruit's are exported, here, the mandarin's are in store already!. Do you have them in the US?

I was in XIAN, not for the apples, to see the buried terracotta warriors. I was totally impressed with what I've seen in China.
Also, they take trees very serious....
Sometimes too serious LOL

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

A time of rest here again and giving nutrient to the trees....old manure.

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Gryffindor4

Oh wow, I'm extremely jealous. Especially of the cherries!

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pricklypoppy

Wow... Those pictures are extremely nice!
Look forward to seeing more of your orchard in the coming season.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

OMG, Konrad! What gorgeous photos!!! What a lovely, lovely place you have. My family is from Edmonton. You do indeed have a short growing season! When I used to complain to my mom about being cold in Vancouver, walking to school in the winter, she would just give me the "Edmonton" look (that's what my sister and I called it!!) So, we quit griping! Now I'm totally spoiled and live in S. California where if it gets below 40, we're in tears, lol!! And, your top photos of the coyotes are definitely coyotes, but that bottom pic is a wolf for sure. Very cool photos, keep them coming!!

Patty S.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
I was out pruning last weekend, still doing too much guess work,.. wish a pro could show me more then I know.
When the sun was out, it was warm enough to get rid of jacket and toque.


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This is showing the transition, rootstock [rough] and top graft, about 2 foot up, [smooth].
At the time of grafting this high, I didn't really know if it would be of any benefit, someone told me to graft high, but didn't say for what reason, it just happened I had large root stock, so allot were grafted high. After over 10 years or so, I see now, there is a huge benefit, these trees, [trunk] cope allot better with the weather, less or none splitting due to frost, warm/cold cycles.

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Several times I had a moose in....pruned most of the trees, this wasn't a real problem, worse, when they're grabbing onto ends and pull in the same time, causing ripping off branches, this hapend to at least 10 trees.

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This was the only time ever, I got a glimpse of a moose,...seems like a younger animal, eating on the choke-cherry tree.

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Had a camera in the bush and put some sunflower seeds down.

Deer Love...
Mom with her youngster, white-tail.

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bruce2288

Konrad, I swear if you posted 50 everyday I would take the time to view them. Your photos are beautiful and also an inspiration to a starting orchardist. Thank you.

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glenn_russell(6b RI)

I'll second Bruce's comments! Keep 'em coming! -Glenn

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

What Bruce said. Thanks Konrad, these are so fun to see, and your orchard is so lovely! That's a huge commitment is such a chilly place, I admire your tenacity. I know what it takes. I promise I will never complain about my weather to you!

Patty S.

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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

I love this thread.

I would love to one day have some nice land to stretch out on. Eventually I plan on moving up to Oregon or Arizona or Nevada. Sadly California, although a beautiful place, has become such a headache for me. I have a nice home here in So Cal that is paid off but Ca is just becoming such a hard place to live. And looking at Konrads lovely place makes me want to go even more.

Great job on the photos Konrad!!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
I do understand,...how about move to Alaska, near the ocean, think there are some better temperate zones like 4 plus?
I know the winters are long but one's the spring / summer starts you can't beat it,...well, maybe mosquitoes? Especially here, Alberta has lots of sunshine,...sometimes too dry but I like it.
I'm blessed in the way that my dream was full filed.

This land about 6 acres, the orchard area I plowed all, the following year filled the low spots, old disc & racked with a chain link fencing material all season until smooth, so I can walk easily and zip fast with the mower cutting grass.

In the foreground,.. just sticking out of the snow are some Capilano Apricot seedlings.

From Feb.12, 2012

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Here is a before and after picture, it was the first time ever that I cut out the dead wood of the Evans cherry bushes this year.

From Oct.14, 2011


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From March 24, 2012

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 12:14AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Wow! Im sure they will love it! Please post some pics of your harvest and PRE harvest this year!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 11:34AM
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ltilton

Konrad - you get apricots up there???

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 12:08PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I was just thinking the same thing, ltilton! Wow. Konrad, we do love these photos. It is amazing up there, things grow at nuclear rates, like they've been injected with steroids. I think the plants just know there is a shorter time to get the job done. My mom used to talk about that, and how glorious summer was up there (minus the mosquitos, of course!) Love your photos, do you still have snow on the ground??

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 12:26PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all...LOL Patty!

Now the day's are getting longer, at the peak,...getting dark around 11PM! All the snow has melted but we got twice since again ...a little left now. We can get snow in mid may!
Yes,.. plants, birds, bees and all wildlife are going into overdrive soon, [me too] with the longer daylight.

We can grow several apricots, in the odd years when the winter has been fairly mild and no spring blossom kill,...about one harvest in 4 to 5 year/average for me, in the city about every 2 or 3 years.

Below, [first picture] is a little tree called Capilano,.. the city of Edmonton planted some trees over 50 years ago along a freeway called Capilano, we think these were seedlings because all are a little different. Hope to get a picture when in bloom,...have a strong feeling that this year will be the year for fruit.

I grafted this to a plum seedling, fruited in the 3rd. season, I killed it after the transplant.

Here is a write up from DNA gardens, [not in business anymore]

[I really don't know for sure if this was mine, there are 3 trees.]

Parents: Unknown
Fruit habit: The lady of the closest house says it fruits every second year. Many people pick them. Size: 4 x 4.2 x . 3.6 cm
Shape: flattened ventrally; higher at shoulder
Suture: deep ending at beak
Stigma: small flattened beak
Color: very dark yellow with red blushes on exposed skin.
Aroma: good
Maturity: end of July
Texture: soft
Taste: juicy, very sweet
Uses: excellent dessert type
Stone: free
Thean Pheh remarks:

City of Edmonton could not determine whether it was a seedling or selection as it was planted in the 60's and the lile could not be traced. There were three apricot plants on the same buffer strip and each is completely different from the other in growth habit, fruit maturity, size, shape and taste leading me to think that they are open pollinated seedlings.

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This is called Westcot, [somebody else grew]

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A tree from around here, [not mine]

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 12:26AM
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gunnarmcc(9)

this is really amazing, you photos are top quality and i am super happy to have found this thread. There is nothing more that i would like then to have the land to farm and more so the ability to farm the land like you do not to mention your amazing photography skills.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 3:04PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Gunnarm!

Think this was the worst ever I have seen, about 4 trees, moose pruned it first, now this about 2 weeks ago, moose had a good feast and coming back for more, seen tracks in nursery only about 2 day's old!

This is a Siberian Apricot,..been grafting over to plum, not a total loss, it needs more grafting.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 12:48AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Done some Evans cherry sucker transplant...

Out of one clump I could divided into 7

Pear's and Plums are flowering...

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 1:10AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Bumble bee on plum flowers

My honey bees working them

Apples are just about to open, this is a red flesh, called Red Wonder

This is a Chokecherry, one of my seedlings, opens about 2 weeks earlier then the native choke cherry, I really love it as a bee tree.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 2:05AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Wow Im in love with how well those tree's are growing! It must be the area??? Huh? Or is it the farmer??? Lol

Either way, picture perfect!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 2:17AM
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Bobboo(8a)

The picture of your graft on the march 23 post. What type of graft did you do. It's a very nice looking graft.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 4:05PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
>>It must be the area??? Huh? Or is it the farmer??? Lol Perhaps both?
Long day light has allot to do also.

>>What type of graft did you doBark graft,..see link

This Baltimore Oriole on a Trailman Crab Apple

Here is a link that might be useful: Konrad's modified bark grafting

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 11:41PM
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mrsg47(7)

What a magnificent Baltimore Oriole. Fantastic Konrad! Mrs. G I love the birdies!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 12:43AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Mrs G!
These pictures from today, apples are back after they set out for 2 years due to a early deep freeze in 2009, some died.

Hummingbird Moth on the Evans Cherry

One of my proud seedling Ornamental Crab
Anybody interested in propagating it?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 2:16AM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

konrad, you could work as a photographer for national geographic. the pic with the baltimor oriole is absolutely beautiful!
What variety of plum is in the pic with the bees? The blossoms are amazingly thick! The plums I have don't blossom like that!
This is a really great thread you started......and probably the longest one on garden web!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 8:09PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Glenn!
That's a Ivanovka Plum,..can't get it to pollinate properly because it blooms early and nothing else around near by, so I tried another branch from home to pollinate,..had a thread on this one, see link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bottle feeding..

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 12:25AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Got a better shot on one Hummingbird Moth the next day on the Evans cherries,..rarely ever see these guys around, they jump around the flowers pretty good, using fast shutter speed is a must, especially if you want to freeze their wings motion to see more details. Those wings must go at least as fast like hummingbirds, maybe that's why it's named like this. Actually, they act a bit like hummers.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 3:40AM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

Awesome pictures once again!I remember seeing these as a child, at first glance they look like miniature humming birds.I have not seen them in over 25 years.....come to think of it I haven't seen a lot of the different insects/birds that there were years ago.
I did a little google searching on that Ivanovka plum and they are from what I have read are an asian plum.There is no mention of it being a cross or anything.Makes sense as my asian plums bloom alot earlier than the euros.It seems like a very hardy asian at that because most of the asian plums seem to be rated mostly zone5 and higher.Hopefully my grafts take and I can test the pollination theory in a few years.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 7:04PM
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CeliaHiggs

I saw my first hummingbird moths the other day, but they were much more drab than the one you photographed. I absolutely love your pictures- looking at them, somehow the air seems crisper, cleaner, and everything's a bit more peaceful. :) Thank you so much for sharing!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
Glenn, yes you're right,..I can send you more wood if needed.

Today was early honey harvest, the last two years I only done one's at the end of season. The orchard flowered good again this year, that makes a big difference, ..it will be some nice honey.

Sorry, I don't usually look like this, it was hot to our standards, when temperature hit's in the 30C. 86F. I take advantage, the extracting goes better.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 3:17AM
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    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:37AM
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mrsg47(7)

Can I buy your honey? Do you sell it? It looks beautiful. Mrs. G

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:24PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Mrs. G
You could, but wouldn't be worth sending it to you.
I suggest checking out local bee keepers, honey you get is much better then store bought because some small bee keepers don't heat up the honey, therefore retaining flavors, enzymes, pollen etc.
Also, find out what honey you get, early honey is best I find, bees forage mostly in fruit flowers, later honey comes from clovers and other wild flowers which is nice too but stay away from one sided nectar source/honey which comes from large fields like canola etc.

You pay more from the local guy but it's worth every peny because the small scale bee keeper does mostly all by hand, also cleaner with no bees at all in honey when extracting,...I couldn't believe some of the videos I've seen on U tube, bees being extracted=bee guts in the honey!

The reason for processing plant heating the honey is to process it fast and efficient. They have large stock piles of honey in large drums, most crystallized at the time of processing. All honey gets heated up [pasteurized] filtered and filled. That's why store bought honey stay's liquid for a long time.

Here is a picture from outside, honey frame with bees on it, mostly clover, light honey, you see how the wax was gently pealed away in the middle with a decapping fork.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 1:55PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Some years ago a bee keeper put honey on he's swollen knee, he said the swelling went down.
I did this today to my wife on her swollen foot, not sure what's causing this, it comes and goes but seems it gets worse, we thought that it was gout but doctor test was negative.
We'll see what honey does. So when goggled on this I found...

Here is a link that might be useful: A spoonful of honey helps the swelling go down

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:34PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Peach Plum
Have the first small crop, [ripe] plum of the season at home, got this one for about 10 years now but pollination seems to be the trouble, just a light fruit set, ..it does live up to its name, a beautiful large plum.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 12:59PM
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ericwi

I have had some success keeping the rabbits off of our blueberry shrubs, during the winter months, by spraying with Plantskydd. This is a liquid repellent made from fermented blood-so it smells bad, and you will want to stay upwind when applying this to any trees or shrubs. It is supposed to work against deer, elk, and moose. Given the size of your operation, you might have to figure out how to make your own repellent.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 3:37PM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

beautiful plums Konrad!how big are they? can you do a size comparison when you pick them?
Glenn

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 9:39PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I have to say, this is my favorite thread on all of GW. Thanks, Konrad. And, your honey looks awesome. I buy my guy's local honey right down the street from me. It is so light a delicious, we just love it. I use it in my coffee, tea, cornbread, in my cereal. It is the best honey I've ever had. Most likely a combination of citrus and our California sage scrub. So good. And the peach plums are so lovely, I've not heard of them. Like to know more about this variety. I probably can't grow it down here, but they sound delicious.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 11:47PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
Here a comparison with a penny and a PTITSIN Plum in a bowl.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 12:30AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Excellent growing season with lots of heat and the right amount of moisture pushed the picking ahead to this last weekend on the Evans cherries. Wasp have been very, very bad and ruined allot, some loss to birds.

Several trees were nicely loaded.


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Butterfly getting the sugar fix!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 1:06AM
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bruce2288

Who knew that Eden was in Alberta? Great photos as usual. Look like a very good cherry crop.
Most of us probably walked by some glorious site today ourselves and failed to actually see them. I can here someone saying "What are you looking at? It's just a bug on an apple tree."

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 8:34PM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

OMG konrad! is that normal for Evans to be so loaded with fruit?If so, I can hardly wait until my Evans come into fruition!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 9:07PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Gorgeous, Konrad! I planted an Evans this year. I am not holding my breath I'll get any fruit, but thought I'd give it a try. Love the photos, I always get excited when I see this thread come up to the top, again! I wish my mom were still around to see all you grow up near her home town. She would be amazed.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 12:28AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

LOL Bruce, I guess you're right.

Glenn,...you bet! Not so much out in the country here but som trees are like this, sheltered in town it's a common thing. I would think a perfect cherry for a sheltered zone 3, zone 4 should be just ideal, zone 5 and up might get a bit warm but I think you should still have cherries, not sure if loaded like this.

You can also experiment with other root stock, this picture is Evans on pin cherry, nicely loaded, flowered a little later, the cherries are still on but deer have eaten most on the bottom branches, I put on a trail camera,...they might be back, if so, I'll post later. The cherries are slightly smaller but I find sweeter.

Picture from July 2, Evans on pin cherry.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 12:36AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I spend some time this weekend picking the early apples, Norland, Harcourt, some Trailman Crab and Carrol.

The bright red one's are Norland, light color one's are Norkent, others are Sept. Ruby

Norland, in full sun can get marbled,..they get juiced tomorrow.
Best early apple but not a keeper when left on this long.



    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:23AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

The last Evans Cherry picture, [green] was coming along nicely and getting ripe about 2 weeks after the others when one day it got almost completely stripped by deer and broke some branches.
When I put the camera near they didn't come close anymore. It was a mom with her young.

Apple season has drawn all kind's of other animals, ..I found out that porcupine love apples, they can eat allot! Figured I don't clean up the ground so perhaps then they don't climb the tree,...not so here! They're like us, thinking that the apples are better on the tree.

I might have to set a trap and relocate him before winter, I don't want to see this anymore...

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I was surprised to capture a fox the first time.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 2:33AM
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megamav(5a - NY)

Strategically placed apple pile!
Great photos Konrad, the most interesting animals around my area are rare Fisher Cats and Skunks!

-Eric
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    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 10:32AM
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ribs1

Thanks so much for all of these beautiful photos. This is also my favorite post on all of garden web.
Very inspirational to us all.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 10:33PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
missed one of my favored shot..

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 12:12AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Greengage plums are getting ready,..only the second decant crop, the mild last winter was easy on the fruit buds.

It's funny, when they turn yellow they really stick out,...I wasn't expecting this many.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 12:57PM
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