peach blossoms

March 31, 2010

It’s spring and that means plants are in bloom (and my allergies)! The Helen Borcher peach trees are vibrant with their pink blossoms. When I was in undergrad, I used to think these peach trees were a genetic defect because the ‘peaches’ that later materialized were small, inedible, and sometimes oddly-shaped like siamese twins. I would dream up stories in my head about what toxins must have altered these poor peaches. Further research led me to discover that the Helen Borcher trees are just another of nature’s species (reminds me of story of apples in The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan) and they’re specifically known for their beautiful flowers.