We've noticed something interesting about the tree growth over the past weeks; as you may know sowing took about a month to complete from start to finish. This has meant that parts of the field are in different stages of flower growth which has allowed us to see the effect the flower growth has upon the trees...
We think that, (although many factors could be at play), in the areas where the flowers were sown latest the trees have grown taller. This would make sense as they have not had to compete with the flowers during their early growth period.
The intention had been to sow the flowers early, but the ground had caked up after planting and took a long time to break down again (with a rakes and a hand rotivator) so sowing was delayed.
The drought that followed the sowing further hindered the growth with all parts that were sown during the drought sowing very little or no germination until the rains returned.
It is these parts that show the maximum tree growth. THe flowers in these areas are perhaps slightly shorter but the delay has shown no real difference in growth or flower production.
The large time from start to finish of sowing has led to areas of the field showing different colours, a tapestry like effect as the white flowers are followed by blue and then yellow.
If you get a chance please go and have a look... it is an unforgettable experience to walk around the headland, never before have I seen so many flowers in one place, or heard such a hum of bees and insects...truly amazing! :-)