We have a large number of apple orchards in south central and western Ontario and they will be in full blossom in the next week. From Thornbury to the Niagara Region, orchards will be breath-takingly beautiful. My grandfather was from the Thornbury region. When he set up his medical practice north of Toronto, he bought land outside the town and planted a large apple orchard as well as stands of pine. We spent a lot of time on the farm as children, especially in the fall when apple pickers were needed.
My mother's birthday is tomorrow, my cousin's is the next day (she lives on the farm now) and grandma and her sister Dorothy shared the same birthday, twelve years apart on May 10th. I remember the times we had joint birthday picnics at the farm in early May under the apple blossoms.
I live closer to Niagara than I do to the farm now. A trip to Niagara on the Lake is so worthwhile in early May as the apple, peach and cherry blossoms will be at their peak. We still have a frost risk at night and farmers have to watch the blossoms and temperatures closely. I took these pictures last year on May 6th in the town of Niagara on the Lake and along the Niagara Parkway on the Ontario side of the Niagara River.