The Verge of Bloom
New shoots shoot up. Leaves unfold. Yellow turns to green, and green deepens more. The flower buds emerge. And now, one by one, the many thousand flowers open.
Grapevine flowers aren’t much to look at. There are no petals. Just a flower cap that pops off to reveal several stamens (holding yellow pollen) surrounding a central stigma (containing the ovary). It’s a symphony of green on green.
Grapes are wind pollinated– the pollen blown from the stamen to stigma to set fruit and seeds. In Lincoln Peak Vineyard, the first few flower caps are just beginning to fall off, but full bloom is still a few days away.
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