Small furry green balls
Sprouting like an alien
Weird and wonderful
The funny looking loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, starts to blossom in April, just before our winter sets in.
My poor old tree is very old and has lost quite a few branches, yet still soldiers on.
Always the first to start growing, long before spring, the white flowers soon turn to tiny brown lumps and then to furry green balls.
Sparky the squirrel loves this fruit, when it is ripe and peach-coloured. He has a few weeks to wait yet.
I will see him most mornings running his little route across the tops of fences and along branches.
Selecting his chosen loquat, he then returns carrying it in his mouth and sits in a suitable spot to eat it.