Monday, January 25, 2016

Unseasonable warmth. 1.24.16

Peach buds swelling.  1.24.16
The temperatures have been 40s to 60s here in Southwest Washington State.  Combined effects, I imagine, of El Niño and climate change.

These are buds on the containerized "El Dorado" peach tree.  The in-ground, more standard peach trees also have swelling buds.  

Other trees with evidence of early awakening include the newly planted Maxie pear, and terminal tips of some apples.  The persimmon buds appear to be swelling, but not cracked open.  The pawpaw flower buds look larger but also still closed.  Same with fig buds.  Some lilac buds are open to the point where primordial flower buds can be seen.

Most of the fruit and other trees are in dormancy or have barely begun to break dormancy.  Now it's a waiting process.  If no hard freezes, we should be good.  If there are some hard freezes, nothing I can do about it.


  1. I usually worry about a warm February, followed by a cold March. Swelling buds on my fruit trees can be damaged if this occurs, ruining a crop. Hope you don't get some unseasonably cold weather.

  2. Spring is around the corner. Raining every few days, very wet and the days are longer. I want a Fuyu persimmon but they are going for more then I want to pay so just waiting for a sale at my local store. Planting peas and fava. When the fava sprouted the hungry mice ate all the seeds. Also damages on my fig branches. So winter hungry mice is still learking around.

  3. Randy, that's exactly what is making me anxious. I guess there are worse things to worry about. But I do want to see some good fruit this year.

    Lance, I read Fuyu is a good choice for a lot of California. I hope you find a good one. Those mice have to go. Got a cat?