The weather forecast on the evening of May 14th was not good: temperatures predicted to drop into the mid-20s. My tart cherry trees—in their second season—were in full bloom for the first time! What to do?!?!
I got out a hose and a fine spray nozzle and left a small amount of water running all night. I knew, even if the water froze, it could potentially keep the blossoms from being killed. This is what the tree looked like at 6:00AM on May 15th:
This was what I picked two days ago from one of the trees (Stella), just a few steps ahead of the many hungry birds in the yard:
The only thing better than a bowl of cherries is two of them, with ice cream, and shared with my sweetie. What an amazing gift life can be!