Not wanting to go on about it but this year has started slowly in a change of seasons way. I think everything is about 1 month behind last year. I wrote about my beloved cherry tree and the amazing blossom of last year at the beginning of April, this year it was the beginning of May that the buds finally opened to reveal the blossom.
I was very much looking forward to the full blossom show and visits from the bees that we have had from our tree but the blossom didn’t seem to be doing as well as last year. Last year the flowers opened fully and were large enough to link into the next clump of blossom and almost create a full canopy of petals that the bees loved. This year the buds opened but the flowers were smaller.
I put this down to the colder, later spring and thought it was going to be ‘just one of those things’ that vary from year to year and to accept that 2012 was a particularly good year for blossom. But then the blossom started to dry up and turn brown at the edges. Was this a bit of late frost damage or wind damage? We kept on watching and waiting but it kept on turning brown and now it is all dried shriveled petals still on the tree.
There are no obvious signs of leaves either and I do keep reminding myself that each year I worry about the leaves but this is just a particular variety that comes into leaf very late and after all the blossom has fallen from the branches. I can’t see any damage to the trunk or branches and it certainly can’t be lack of water causing this! The whole tree is affected.
My wisteria succumbed to a similar, unexplained (by me at least) fate last year and I worried it might be the end but this year it is just about to burst into flower in a beautiful, established wisteria way. I’ll keep watching the cherry with all my fingers crossed that the leaves appear in a week or two and that 2013 spring is just a blip in the cherry’s blossoming life, but if anyone has any ideas on the cause of the brown flowers please let me know! I’ll also do some searching for possible causes to help my lovely tree recover.