Compared with last year at this time, the fruit trees in the Community Orchard are slower to flower. The plum blossoms are nearly finished and the late frosts do not seem to have affected the setting of the fruits. Pear trees are now taking their turn to bloom, while the apples are quite a bit behind – mostly just tight red buds this week. The orchard is looking good. There is a pretty carpet of dandelions and daisies in the grass with patches of purple ground-ivy flowers here and there.