Spring time in orchard country can be very beautiful. One of the things that I find very interesting is the progression of blooms and foliage on the trees. Every year I learn a little more about which trees bloom first and how long it takes before you see fruit appearing on the trees.
This is the time of year it is easy to tell which orchards are growing walnuts. The trees are bare compared to other orchards that have already blossomed out.
The iris is one of my favorite flowers. We had a large iris garden when we lived in Kansas and whenever I see an iris I have some good memories of it. Also, this color iris reminds me of my sister and some of her artwork that included them.
Most of the orchards in the area require honey bees for pollination, but not the walnut orchards.
I am looking forward to enjoying some nice local fruit and nuts later this year.