It seems rather late in the year for apple blossom, but nature has managed to avoid the late frosts. My apple trees are still very young and small so I don't expect nor want many fruit setting. What I do want is a year of growth so that I have substantial and established saplings by next year. That said I will probably permit a few fruit to set, grow and ripen so as to assure myself that the trees are growing true. The cox's orange pippen, (photograph above) is particularly heavy with flower. I was slightly concerned that I was too far north for this particular apple to flourish but it looks as if it may be prepared to prosper and grow in my little microclimate.