Early Bloomer


The early bloomer gets the glory as this little show-off demonstrates how it’s done to her budding community on one of my cherry trees. Warm weather (75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) in February after heavy rains has inspired blooming buds throughout Silicon Valley (formerly known as the Valley of the Hearts Delight.) Too few fruit trees remain in a valley once largely carpeted by them. I make it a point to soak in the beauty of their flowers whenever I can.

I fondly remember walking through cherry orchards on windy days as a child while white and pink petals fell and swirled around me as snow flakes in a storm.

Speaking of fruit trees, I see that a brand of trees called “Fruit Cocktail” is now available for sale. They are grafts of multiple varies of fruit grafted onto a single tree. I’ve seen some with three varieties of apples or cherries, and some with pears, peaches, etc.

I plan to buy one the Fruit Cocktail triple-cherry trees when our remodel and addition are done. Instant cross-pollinization!

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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8 Responses to Early Bloomer

  1. JanBeek says:

    Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, and eventually marrying a man who joined his family beekeeping operation, this message obviously caught my attention. Yes, the fruit trees are being squeezed out by urban development – but they’re still alive and well in some places, thank God. The Beekman bees 🐝 are happily pollinating them. Yay!

    • russtowne says:

      I’m delighted to hear the Beekman bees are continuing to happily pollinate, Jan. I’ve heard the bee populations in many parts of the U.S. have been decimated.

  2. ksbeth says:

    yay for the bloom! i’m so excited to see how your ‘fruit cocktail’ tree turns out )

  3. utesmile says:

    Never heard of fruit cocktail trees…I guess they are trees with split personalities…. 🙂

  4. Oh a fruit cocktail tree….that sounds like a great addition to your addition Russ.

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