What a difference a couple of weeks can make. The top photo is of part of the peach orchards at the U of Arkansas’ Fruit Research Station near Clarksville. The bottom photo was taken at another Clarksville orchard during the first week of April. Spring certainly showed his colors — and threw in a big fat bee too!

WAITING -- Peach orchard in March 13, 2013, a week before bud break.
STARK — Peach orchard at the Fruit Research Station near Clarksville, Ark., on March 13, 2013, a week before bud break.
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BLOOMING — Branches at Peach Pickin’ Paradise in the heart of Arkansas’ peach country in Johnson County during the first week of April. (Courtesy the Cooperative Extension Service, photo by Shay Morgan)
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6 thoughts on “Just peachy

  1. That striking shot of the still winter orchard reminds me of my father – how he would have admired the perfectly pruned peach trees, how he loved pruning, in fact, and how the simple art of pruning could so affect the outcome of the next seasons crop.

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