The mild winter seems to have preserved many of the flower buds on our trees and shrubs. Never have I seen so many blossoms on the apples, cherries and plums as I have this spring. It could make for a messy summer once the fruit from all those flowers becomes ripe. But that’s months away. In the meantime, this is a good time to prune your apples and other fruit trees, if you want to maximize your flowering for next spring. Most fruit trees only bloom on mature stems, so new growth from the late summer won’t produce flowers. Something to consider this month, if you have a tree that you value it’s spring flowers.