Only the early fruiting apple "Albany Beauty" dared brave the October storms, until the last frost had gone and the thunderstorms abated. Now in the final half of October, all the apple blossoms have appeared, about two weeks later than normal. This is the sort of observation that contradicts some of the terrible news about "global warming" we get on the internet 24/7. As far as my apple orchard goes, it is a late spring and a wet one too. I am not a "denier". a term which implies some kind of nazi denying the holocaust. I call it as I see it, and I have lived and worked outdoors far from cities, for over thirty years. Look up "Urban Heat Island Effect". Even NASA's own data shows many parts of the world, New Zealand among them, where average temperatures have cooled or remained the same, especially in the southern hemisphere and over the oceans. There is too much despair and gloom around. I still believe the biggest threat from the weather is the chance of a 24-hour hail storm which would really mess things up. And fossil fuels may be bad, but the terrible dangers of nuclear power are far more of a threat to human life.
So, the picture shows a range of apples all now in bloom, promising a great crop and cleverly avoiding the gales and hail which have wrought havoc with some of the commercial apple orchards around Nelson this year. Here are Sturmer Pippin, Red Delicious, Crab apple, and Fuji blossoms, all dancing in the sun between showers and cross-pollinating their little hearts out. A good sign for the coming summer: apples galore!