First leaf to Quince

      The quince rootstock that the very old Beurre Hardy and Comice Pear trees in the orchard grow on is leafing up already, way ahead of the pears themselves. It's only now when you see the quince against the bare pear trees that realise how far in front they are.
      We've got a quince growing in the front garden but we can't see it fruiting for quite a few years yet so we'll simply have to rely on these old stagers down in the orchard.
      Meanwhile the season of plenty steadily approaches.
      At the other end of the orchard and hard against the side of the dyke the willows are in flower but come the autumn I think they will be getting cut back and pollarded or maybe they'll just disappear, that's something that depends on the mood of the farmer.