Beauty has woken from it’s slumber and the flowers around the backyard are bountiful.
Today I tried my hand at being a pinch hitter pollenator. While there are some bees around the garden, I hadn’t seen much activity on this cherry tree. Being that this one cross pollenates with Minnie Royal, and that one bloomed later with only 4 blooms so far, I decided to increase my odds of ending up with a real, live cherry in May. I took the smallest paintbrush I could find and gently brushed the pollen from the flowers of one tree and brushed what I collected onto the stigma (the longest part of the center of the flower) of the other tree, and vice a versa.