Cherry Blossom Time in Michigan

Cherry Blossom Time, Benzie County Michigan, photo by John Clement Howe. The photo is part of John’s amazing Benzie County! photo set (slideshow) and it’s no coincidence that the next photo is a tasty looking morel mushroom – both cherry blossoms and morels are found at the same time of year! Every May, the cherry…

Horn Road Orchard

Horn Road Orchard, photo by Mark Smith Up here in the Traverse City area we don’t have cherry blossoms yet, but I’ve been seeing reports that cherries and other fruit crops are in bloom in southwest Michigan. Expect the TC area to bloom in a week or two and please share what you’re seeing in…

Lilac Island: Mackinac Island’s Lilacs & Lilac Festival

Fort Mackinac & Lilacs, photo by Steven Blair The 66th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts tomorrow and runs through June 14th. It celebrates the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs (many from the Colonial era) and equestrian culture and is one of the Island’s biggest attractions. Apparently it’s “Lissa Edwards Goes to Mackinac Week” on Michigan in Pictures as I turn again to one…

Old Mission Orchard in Bloom

Old Mission Orchard, photo by Heather Higham The cherry blossoms are out on northwest Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula. A little over 100 years ago, this annual occurrence gave birth to Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival’s history page shares that sometime around 1910, cherry growers in the Grand Traverse area began to hold…

Find the Trout Lily where and when the trout hide…

Trout lily (3 of 3), photo by Heather Higham I love old books, and was happy to find Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan, a 1917 book that is available online through Project Gutenberg. The entry for Yellow Adder’s Tongue; Trout Lily; Dog-tooth “Violet” (Erythronium americanum) is a good example of the descriptive & endearing turns of phrase…

Apples on the Ridge push through Mothers Day frost

empire apple tree blossoming, photo by Alissa Holland NPR’s Noah Adams visited “The Ridge” to see how the apple crop was faring in 2013 after the devastation of 2012. The engaging 4 minute piece looks at methods they use to battle frost and how last year’s 99% wipeout hurt farmers. It’s well worth your time,…

Frozen Fruit? May freeze puts Michigan’s fruit crops in peril

Cherry Orchard … spring snow, photo by Ken Scott The National Weather Service noted that the high temperature yesterday at the Otsego County Airport in Gaylord only reached 35 degrees – a new record for the coldest high temperature for the date that crushed the previous record of 44 degrees from 2003. It was also…

Pumpkin Army

pumpkins 3, photo by northernlightphotograph Over on Absolute Michigan our PumpkinPalooza can tell you everything you want to know about pumpkins including some facts from our friends at Taste the Local Difference: Pumpkins are a member of the cucurbita family, which includes squash, watermelons, and cucumbers. Their origins are believed to have come from Central…

The biggest apple in Michigan … and the smallest crop

Biggest apple in Michigan. Wolf River apple. 1996, photo by vostok71 Orange Pippin says that the Wolf River apple (first discovered along the river of the same name in Wisconsin) is: A well-known American cooking apple, notable for its large size. Wolf River is mainly used for cooking, and it keeps its shape when cooked.…