Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bees, Fruit, and Lack Thereof

We planted a small orchard of fruit trees on our property when we moved here. Peaches, nectarines, and apples. We had many peaches last year and several nectarines. However... the apples... *sigh* The apple trees are just not producing, and we can't figure out why. In fact, we haven't even had any of the apple trees bloom until this year, and only two of them bloomed. Last year, Hubs thought maybe they weren't getting pollinated. So, he went and got a bee hive to put back by the pond in hopes they would pollinate the apple trees and the berry bushes. I've been working on overcoming a fear of bees, so I resist the urge to wear full protective gear, complete with shoei helmet when I go back there. I do, however, wish we could figure out why the apples are not producing.

Hello... Mr. Bee?
I ask you, please.
Don't waste time on this weed,
but rather pollinate my apple tree!

(c) Misty DawnS

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Love your little bee . I cant wait to see some. We still have snow.
Wishing you the best with the trees.
I hope a few of mine will flower.

Kay L. Davies

I think Lisa lives farther north than I do, but we had snow today, too.
Great photo of the bee. Just keep telling yourself how much you like flying insects.
I'm watching the slide show on your sidebar as I type this, so if I suddenly start uttering more nonsense than usual, you'll know I've got my fingers on the wrong keys.

Vores have

Beautiful picture you show.
Wishing you a good day.
Hanne Bente /


Lovely bee picture!

Herding Cats

Scott F

Very nice shot, beautiful colours. Apple trees require cross polination from another species of apple tree I believe, you might want to plant more varieties if your neighbours don't have any planted.


Really nice shot! Have you heard about the bees dying - Colony Collapse Disorder? Do you think this is related?

Horst in Edmonton

A little addidge to what Scott's comment, Apple trees take up to 5 years before they will produce fruit. Another thing is that if you have a late frost it could also cause your trees not to produce fruit. We have that problem up here in Canada with fruit trees. I love fruit trees and you are so lucky to have so many varieties to choose from.


Fabulous bee capture-- the wings details are so clear. She certainly is busy-- hope she finds the apple tree soon.


What a wonderful capture!


great shot :-) love the yellows...Dropping by from MYM

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