We’re all familiar with the wonderful early blossoming of the almond trees, but apricots blossom quite early too. In fact, their very name means early ripening because the word’s convoluted etymological route took it, quite unusually, from Latin (praecocia) to Greek (berikokia), and then through Arabic (al-burquq), to Spanish (albaricoque) and then into French (abricot) … and hence to the English apricot, though its original English name of abrecock was closer to the French. That early Latin name, however, was given by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History – his praecocia compares with English “precocious” – though he seems to have considered the apricot an early blossoming variety of peach. All that apart, though, the scent from our tree – el albaricoquero – is overwhelming, and the African Canaries love it … and will probably get blotto on all the blossom before we get any apricots from it at all! Thought you might like a photo from this morning, anyway!