I was out planting chard this morning when out of the corner of my eye I saw a spray of white against the south wall of the house. It was the little apricot tree that I espaliered last spring. It had survived the winter and the rabbit depredations, and overnight it had burst into bloom.
I took a closer look and saw no insects other than a couple of ants that I\’m sure were looking for a way to get into the kitchen. It\’s been so chilly–in the 20s last night–that the bugs aren\’t out yet. But the little apricot tree was clearly ready for them, so I got my trusty watercolor brush and pretended I was a bee. I did a pretty good job pollinating the indoor lemon tree a couple of months ago, so I\’m hoping that my attentions with the watercolor brush will be rewarded.
Warm from the sun, raspy in the hand, sweet and spicy on the tongue: apricots!