Normally, the apple tree at the back of the garden is full of blossom before the leaves appear. Not this year!
The leaves have started to unfurl but there isn’t one flower on the tree. The crab apple, on the other hand, is laden and the blossom is coming out on the eating apple trees as well.
My gut feeling is that the Orléans Reinette is going to be fruitless this year. For the last couple of years I have had bumper crops, so it may need to rebuild its strength. Still, it will be a shame to be without a few cooking apples.
It seems almost ironic that I was so concerned to get the pheromone traps to prevent codling moths ravaging my crop. At the same time, I am hoping they will make sure next year’s crop can grow unhindered.