Bud Thief

At this time of year the larvae commence their nightly ascents in search of juicy young buds. They seem to selectively shear away the woolen jacket in order to reach the green goodness below. In doing so, they have robbed me of a summer cane which will potentially carry three bunches of riesling berries. On a good night, they will make their way along a whole cane, stripping every bud they come across. Spur-Pruning minimises the damage.

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Spur Pruning

Spur Pruning

 

Easter Buds

After a week of rain and wind, hunting for images through a lightly-frosted vineyard on a sunny Easter Sunday morning was a real treat. These capture the 2015 vintage at the starting line.

The vines are pumping nutrient and hormone-filled water in order to activate growth.

Easter Buds

Easter Buds

Water Transport

Water Transport